Some Like It Red | Berger Park Cultural Center | Theater & Performance | Chicago Reader

Some Like It Red The Short List (Theater) Image Closing (Theater and Galleries)

When: Thursdays-Saturdays. Continues through March 17 2018

Chicago playwright and Plagiarists cofounder Gregory Peters reworks Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night with a savvy updating of ancient Illyria to 1980s Albania (they share territory) in the final week of brutal “great leader” Enver Hoxha’s four-decade rule. Thus the festive cross-dressing high jinks in Shakespeare’s original become a life-and-death farce for a trio of shipwrecked female American musicians captured, or perhaps rescued, by Hoxha’s milquetoast decoy double. That is, it should be a life-and-death farce, but director Jack Dugan Carpenter pushes his cast to such ham-handed, shtick-heavy extremes for nearly the entire first act that it all feels like a silly goof with little at stake for anyone. When things calm down in act two, the evening’s missed potential becomes manifest. Despite the title, the show bears no meaningful relation to Billy Wilder’s Some Like It Hot. —Justin Hayford

Price: $20, $15 students and seniors

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