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Nick Dear's two-act chronicles the pivotal six months in 1661 when Louis XIV turned himself into the Sun King, reorganizing the treasury, imprisoning a powerful friend for treason, assuming control of French governance, and beginning construction on the Palace of Versailles. The story is interesting, enlivened by occasional linguistic flourishes and sexual scandals, but Dear extracts little drama or truth from the historical facts, spending two and a half hours to demonstrate that people with power sometimes use it. The cast in Remy Bumppo Theatre Company's U.S. premiere, directed by James Bohnen, bring humor, warmth, and psychological subtlety to the dutiful script, and Tim Morrison's handsome minimalist set allows for brisk scene changes. The result is an engaging if insubstantial evening. Through 6/4: Wed-Sat 7:30 PM, Sun 2:30 PM, Victory Gardens Theater, second-floor main stage, 2257 N. Lincoln, 773-871-3000, $27.50-$38.50.

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