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When: Thursdays-Saturdays. Continues through May 7 2016

George Bernard Shaw’s classic makeover comedy gets the storefront treatment in this intimate production from Rogue Theatre. Lacking the budget for elaborate scenery, director Nathan Robbel has the cast recite Shaw’s detailed set and character descriptions—a clever idea that conjures early 20th-century London as effectively as any scenic designer could. Unfortunately, the interpretations of fussy phonetician Henry Higgins and cockney flower girl Eliza Doolittle offered by Nate White and Nellie Ognacevic, respectively, tend to undermine the duo’s evening-long battle of the sexes (and classes). Ognacevic’s Eliza is so vulnerable it’s hard to imagine her standing up for herself, while White turns Higgins, contra Shaw, into a jovial, knee-slapping good sport with about as much bite as Dickens’s Ghost of Christmas Present. —Zac Thompson

Price: $5-$15

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