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When: Fridays-Sundays. Continues through Nov. 19 2017

Shakespeare All-Stars’ production of the Bard’s classic comedy draws inspiration from “another fast-paced, heightened world,” cartoons, according to director JT Nagle. The plot is summarized in the program in three comic strip panels: two sets of identical twins are separated at birth; one set goes looking for the other set; everybody mixes them up, and high jinks ensue. With the use of goofy sound effects and larger-than-life vocals and physicality, the cast enhance the 16th-century text’s humor and accessibility. As Dromio of Syracuse, Polley Cooney exudes a Charlie Brown aesthetic, while as Adriana, Arin Mulvaney recalls another sort of caricature—one of Bravo’s Real Housewives. With such perfectly slapstick source material, the production could explore the depths of live animation even further, embracing all of the senses. —Marissa Oberlander

Price: $15

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