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When: Wednesdays-Sundays. Continues through Sept. 28 2008

Rodgers and Hart's 1938 musical version of Shakespeare's The Comedy of Errors gets a new book from director David H. Bell, but the attitude is old school. Bell's lavish anything-for-a-laugh staging celebrates the inherent idiocy of the story--especially in a glorious Keystone Kops homage in the second act--while mostly allowing the score to swing and soar. Susan Moniz's Adrianna brings coloratura fire to "Falling In Love With Love," and the company tears into the party-hearty "Bottoms Up" (added by Bell from R & H's By Jupiter) with dipsomaniacal glee. Some of the quieter moments feel swallowed up in the show's eager-to-please hijinks, but the large and dexterous ensemble plays dumb with a ton of smarts. --Kerry Reid

Price: $22-$41.50

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