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When: Wednesdays-Sundays. Continues through April 14 2013

A radio ad for the Goodman Theatre's Measure for Measure calls it "rare"—not because theater companies tend to avoid staging this dark, unruly Shakespeare play, but because director Robert Falls has set it in late-1970s New York City. Yet anyone who's spent much time in the theater over the last few decades knows there's nothing unusual about that. It's become de rigeur to set A Midsummer Night's Dream on Daytona Beach or Hamlet on the moon. Still, the ad is spot-on. It's rare for one of Shakespeare's plays to be ripped from its original setting, transplanted across centuries and continents—and still end up feeling vital, urgent, and utterly contemporary. At least for a while. If Falls and his stellar cast could maintain that vitality past intermission, they'd have a masterpiece on their hands. Continue reading >>

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