As You Like It Closing (Theater and Galleries) Free The Short List (Theater)

When: Saturdays, Sundays. Continues through Aug. 27 2011

There's plenty of energy in this outdoor production of Shakespeare's romance. Every scene feels fit to burst with stentorian voices and muscular passions. But the show never quite comes together, playing more like a medley of powerful hooks than a symphonic whole. Jemma Alix Levy's staging for Muse of Fire Theatre Company doesn't bring anything special to the work aside from the pastorally appropriate setting--an Evanston park. And though Eric Damon Smith displays a grinning ease with the role of the famously melancholy courtier, Jaques, the cast is uneven overall. Still, you can find far worse ways to while away a summer afternoon. --Keith Griffith

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