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Ren Faire! A Fistful of Ducats The Short List (Theater) Closing (Theater and Galleries)

When: July 20-Sept. 1 2012

It's never too late for an anachronistic reference to Leeroy Jenkins, at least in Matt Engle's slapstick comedy about a financially struggling bunch of renaissance-faire nerds fending off the malevolent owner of a Wild West show. Along with the faded World of Warcraft character, Engle brings up Rahm Emanuel, jingoistic hillbillies, and yeast infections. Lowbrow humor pairs well with high-class execution, and Kyle Hamman's cast prove themselves capable—especially in a recurring bit that involves Elizabethan-style reenactments of scenes from Steel Magnolias and Lethal Weapon II. But much of the material here is too sketchy for a play, and Factory Theater's crank-it-to-11 style isn't enough to sustain Ren Faire! —Dan Jakes

Price: $10-$30


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