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Chicago playwright Will Kern claims to have discovered this long-lost work during an archaeological dig in China, and in a program note he advances a winning crackpot theory about William Shakespeare's sojourn at a Shaolin temple. On the face of it, a postmodern appropriation of dialogue from all of Shakespeare's plays staged in the context of a martial-arts costume drama seems a surefire hit. But despite the show's proficient fight choreography and high production values, the seams in Kern's patchwork remain glaring. In this Mary-Arrchie Theatre Company staging, staccato scene changes and portentous line readings tell you when to pay attention. And considering that Akira Kurosawa made Throne of Blood, based on Macbeth, in 1957, Kern's way late to the party. Through 12/11: Thu-Sat 7:30 PM, Sun 3 PM. No show Thu 11/11. Storefront Theater, Gallery 37 Center for the Arts, 66 E. Randolph, 312-742-8497. $12-$15.

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