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When: Wednesdays-Sundays. Continues through Jan. 8 2012

It's strange enough that director Timothy Douglas says he transplanted Pierre de Marivaux's 1723, commedia-influenced farce to 1960s Chicago to "provide a context for Marivaux's 18th Century France." But, aside from the spunky costumes by Lena Sands and occasional songs played on a hi-fi by a character whose only purpose is to lip-sync a bit, nothing about this three-hour show suggests that we're in 1960s Chicago—unless the city was ruled then by a prince who wasn't allowed to marry a commoner if he won her through coercion. Douglas's misapprehension of his own production is rivaled by his misreading the text. He turns Marivaux's frothy tale of love's triumph over courtly duplicity into a ruminative dramedy about heartache. It's occasionally funny but rarely on target. —Justin Hayford

Price: $30-$50


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