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When: Thursdays-Sundays. Continues through May 24 2015

Building on a simple, solid, amusing insight—that Renaissance princes acted an awful lot like mob bosses—director Drew Martin has updated Shakespeare's problem play to the late 1950s and reimagined the king of France and duke of Florence as dons fighting it out a la The Godfather, Part II. Trouble is, Martin slaps on the anachronisms with all the delicacy of a Mafia wife doing her mascara. Costume designer Theresa Ham dresses street soldiers as leather-jacketed greasers, for instance, which is like crossing Pal Joey with Jailhouse Rock. Dialects are similarly indiscriminate, multiplying the confusion created by Martin's decision to retain the Bard's geographical references. The result is nearly three hours of period mush relieved by a few fun performances—notably Rich Logan's as a French king who seems to think he's Christopher Walken. —Tony Adler

Price: $20-$30

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