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Bald Grace, Pirate Queen


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Grace O'Malley was a ferocious 16th-century pirate who captained her own ship into her 70s, plundering other vessels off the coast of Ireland. But Stockyard Theatre Project's production of Marki Shalloe's play is landlocked; we see Grace drinking mead she stole during her expeditions, but until the very end, when she meets Queen Elizabeth, she never even mentions what it feels like to sail the seas. Katie Cary Govier as Grace is amicable and charming as her character learns to fight, falls in love, and battles to save her county from a cruel English governor. But she doesn't have the ruthless edge we'd expect from a pirate who held her own in a man's world for decades. Jenniffer J. Thusing's awkward staging completely falls apart in the second act, which gets bogged down in talk. Through 10/16: Thu-Fri 8 PM; Sat 3 and 8 PM; Wed 9/29, 2 PM; Sat 10/2 8 PM only. Majestic Midway Theatre, 5722 W. 63rd, 773-788-1035. $18

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