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When: Fridays, Saturdays. Continues through March 28 2015

If your new theater company doesn't have the budget for fairy wings and fauna, you can always fall back on Shakespeare's language, a delicate thing equal parts poetic and crude, romantic and revelatory. Alas, both fauna and faith to the Bard fall flat in this production from the fledgling Lightninghead. Cofounder Scott McKinsey, who also directs, has a history of pulling off promenade-style productions, but this one's decidedly static. It's partly the space: the vaulted walls of Winnetka Chapel make an intimate staging tricky. But they’re not at fault for blocking the actors, who are continually trapped in a boring triangle in the middle of the room. Those same actors brutally ad lib over the lines of the play, which end up sounding like so much gargled mouthwash spit down the sink, save for Janet Magnuson’s Peter Quince, whose speech is as crisp as her intentions are clear.—Chloe Riley

Price: $20

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