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The Game of Love and Chance


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Joining broad comic antics with breezy wit and class commentary, 18th-century French dramatist Pierre Carlet de Chamblain de Marivaux delivers a lively farce. Reverie Theatre Company plays the humor to the hilt under Chris Pomeroy's direction, performing Stephen Wadsworth's translation and adaptation full blast, taking their characters to extremes without overdoing it. Especially good are the four leads, who bring intense feeling to the script's romances: Silvia and her maid trade places just before Silvia's husband-to-be, Dorante, and his valet arrive. Despite the script's many mix-ups and charades, each person falls in love with his or her match in class rank, though the going isn't easy. That's the source of the play's hilarity, but this cast's great success is that we too get seduced by all the heartfelt wooing. Through 2/13: Thu-Sat 8 PM, Sun 3 PM. Breadline Theatre, 1802 W. Berenice, 773-327-6096. $12-$15; industry shows Thu and Sun.

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