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Or, Recommended Member Picks The Short List (Theater) Closing (Theater and Galleries)

When: Thursdays-Sundays. Continues through Dec. 4 2011

Seventeenth-century dramatist Aphra Behn was one of the first English women to write professionally. She's depicted as a free-love bohemian in this funny and imaginative romp by Liz Duffy Adams. With the Duke of York's Men expecting a fresh script in the morning, Behn needs to work. But she's also got to manage her love affairs—one with actress Nell Gwynne, the other with the newly crowned King Charles II—and foil an assassination plot against Charles. It's a farce, yes, but not an idiotic one. Adams substitutes a fizzy, contemporary sensibility for historical accuracy. In Catherine Weidner's nimble staging for Caffeine Theatre, Megan Kohl gives Behn the playfulness and intelligence of one of Shakespeare's comic heroines. Meanwhile, quick-change artists Kay Kron and Edward Karch are hilarious as everybody else. —Zac Thompson

Price: $16-$20


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