Corleone: The Shakespearean Godfather Closing (Theater and Galleries) The Short List (Theater)

When: Thursdays-Sundays. Continues through June 24 2012

There's one bit in David Mann's Shakespeare-style retelling of The Godfather that opens a bright, hilarious window on what the rest of the play could've been like. The Corleone brothers are plotting the murder of drug boss Sollozzo and his police muscle, McCluskey (the revolver-behind-the-toilet scene in the classic 1972 movie by Francis Ford Coppola). In Mann's version, the Corleones spitball techniques made famous by the Bard—an asp, a poisoned pearl in the wine. "Use not ear poison," somebody advises. It's pure farce, and brilliant. But as directed by Christopher Kidder for Commedia Beauregard, the rest of the show falls flat. Corleone comes off as a highlights reel of the Coppola film, with lots of "wherefores" sprinkled in—less a comedy than a plodding thought experiment. —Keith Griffith

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