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Father Ruffian: Shakespeare's Falstaff Story Closing (Theater and Galleries) The Short List (Theater)

When: Fridays-Sundays. Continues through Feb. 15 2015

You'd hope that a work extracted from Shakespeare’s sprawling two-part Henry IV by focusing on scenes with the rogue father figure Falstaff would feel tighter and more focused. But Father Ruffian, adapted and directed by Paul Edwards for City Lit Theater, feels long. The quality of the performances varies widely, from barely passable to finely nuanced (Edward Kuffert's Falstaff is particularly fascinating), and much of Shakespeare’s fire is snuffed out by poor diction. The production does have its moments—in particular, the fight scenes, choreographed by David Yandorf—but not enough of them to make us care about the iconic fat man or his rebellious mentee, Prince Hal. —Jack Helbig

Price: $25-$29

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