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Shakespeare's Revisionist Histories The Short List (Theater) Closing (Theater and Galleries)

When: Thursdays, Fridays, Sundays. Continues through March 23 2018

Because it’s the 21st century and no one can imagine a different present or future, we are in a dystopia. The classes are at war, and all the rights we have never quite managed to manifest have been taken away. The rebels are in hiding. Every night, they reflect on power by performing the history plays of Shakespeare. The premise isn’t terrible, but in Shakespeare’s Revisionist Histories the Shakespeare All-Stars use the occasion to present annoyingly brief excerpts of King John, the Henry plays, and the Richard plays within even more annoyingly half-baked scenes introducing a hodgepodge of unmemorable characters. Ten history plays makes for two interminable hours in a bar with actors who can play ukuleles and guitars but can’t play drunk or Richard III. —Irene Hsiao

Price: $15

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