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When: Wednesdays-Sundays. Continues through Feb. 14 2016

The Belarus Free Theater’s King Lear is visually inventive, endlessly stunning, and authentically great. As performed at Chicago Shakespeare Theater under the direction of Vladimir Shcherban—whose approach is at once wryly Beckettian yet full of a very un-Beckett-like exuberance—the production uses a trunkful of dirt to demystify the land wealth at the center of the conflict between Lear and his daughters, Slavic folk tunes to give that conflict a deep tribal resonance, and an exquisite, nestlike crown to tell us all we need to know about kingship and paternity. Aleh Sidorchyk’s thuggish, jolly Lear and Victoria Biran’s tormented, ungenerous Cordelia cast their father-child relationship in a brilliant new light. The show is presented in Belarusian with English supertitles, so Anglophones will do well to look the play over before seeing it. —Tony Adler

Price: $48-$58

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