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This poor man's Odyssey is afflicted with a preposterous plot full of implausible separations and reunions, but because Shakespeare wrote some of it, we watch all of it. Presented on a set inspired by a Shaker meeting house, the three-hour show is oddly lavish, reflecting the script's mishmash of styles and moods with a variety of costumes, solemn processions, and anachronistic props. In a role that's all reactions, Ryan Artzberger never truly conveys Pericles's suffering, but at least he doesn't succumb to manic mugging, as some others here do. Mary Zimmerman's often lovely but empty staging forces what little feeling the play has. To be fair, few productions could calm the troubled waters of this insistently inconsistent tragicomedy. Through 2/19: Wed 7:30 PM, Thu 2 and 7:30 PM, Fri 8 PM, Sat 2 and 8 PM, Sun 2 PM, Tue 1/31, 7:30 PM, Sun 1/22 and 1/29, 2 and 7:30 PM, Sat 1/21, 8 PM only, Goodman Theatre, 170 N. Dearborn, 312-443-3800, $30-$65.

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