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After Magritte; The Real Inspector Hound



Nowhere is the influence of Stoppard on Python more evident than in these farcical one-acts. The bowler-wearing cipher and interloping buffoon of a police constable in After Magritte, a tightly wound absurdist trifle, scream Terry Jones and John Cleese. And The Real Inspector Hound, an Agatha Christie parody, seems the forerunner of the troupe's even better riffs on the same genre. Both playlets are self-consciously organized around a stereotypically provocative, out-of-control spaz--though Hound also features some delicious skullduggery involving critics and pecking orders. Piccolo Theatre has cast the same actor, Casey Chapman, in both parts. His take on Hound is perfect, though as the constable in Magritte he hits the same notes a few too many times. But that's the only mistake on director Zachary Davis's watch; especially good are Ken Raabe, Christopher C. Cariker, Glenn Proud, Mark Sharp, and the marvelous Deborah Craft. Through 5/7: Fri-Sat 8 PM, Sun 3 PM. Evanston Arts Depot, 600 Main, Evanston, 847-424-0089. $15-$20.

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