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She Stoops to Conquer

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The proverbial good time is had by all in Signal Ensemble Theatre's production of Oliver Goldsmith's 1773 masterwork, depicting the chaos that ensues when a young man mistakes his fiancee's home for a country inn. This chronicle of "the mistakes of a night" delivers a psychologically acute, comically combustible, richly compassionate look at human frailty and the sexual double standard as the happy confusion of mistaken identities tests the sincerity of young lovers. Every minute of Ronan Marra's revival honors Goldsmith's intention: the casting, pacing, accents, costumes, and set are nearly perfect. If at times the action seems almost too energetic, that's a small price to pay for an embarrassment of riches. Through 4/29: Thu-Sat 8 PM, Sun 3 PM, Chopin Theatre, 1543 W. Division, 773-347-1350, $10-$20.

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