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Rush Pearson in Diary of a Madman
Our latest performing arts reviews are here, hot off the real and virtual presses—but only a select few are positive enough to warrant a Reader recommendation. According to Tony Adler, you can't go wrong with Steppenwolf Theatre's Garage Rep this year: all three entries are worth seeing (though for entirely different reasons). And Laura Molzahn suggests you make Molly Shanahan/Mad Shak's The Delicate Hour your dance fix for the week.

Also recommended are DreamLogic Theatrework's Elder Gods, a promenade-style adaptation of H.P. Lovecraft's At the Mountains of Madness; the Actors Gymnasium's sweet Lost and Found: A Recycled Circus, featuring an outstanding cast of adults, teens, and kids; and They Are Dying Out, Trap Door Theatre's version of a 1973 satire by Austrian provocateur Peter Handke. The intimacy of a black-box set makes for great theater in Mary-Arrchie's revival of the 2008 Tracy Letts comedy Superior Donuts and (Re)discover Theater's Hamlet, which amps up the classic play's sex appeal by emphasizing the relationship between the melancholy Dane and Ophelia. (Hurry if you want to see Hamlet: it closes Saturday.)

Other new Shakespearean efforts: Chicago Shakespeare's Freudian twist on A Midsummer Night's Dream and Idle Muse's production of Shakespeare's R and J by Joe Calarco, in which boys at a boarding school mount a clandestine performance of Romeo and Juliet.

Albert Williams evaluates a touring production of South Pacific, Dan Jakes takes a read on Diary of a Madman at Prop, and Kerry Reid peeks at Man Boobs from Pride Films and Plays. We also review Wild Claw's Kill Me, about a woman who believes she's invincible, and Circle's The Ritz, the comic tale of a straight man who tries to avoid his murderous brother-in-law by hiding out in a gay bathhouse.

Finally, our critics give less than enthusiastic receptions to Devil May Care, a tedious drama about a pastor and a spinster, and My Kinda Town from Nothing Special Productions (need we say more?).

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