The Love of Three Oranges | Piccolo Theatre | Theater & Performance | Chicago Reader

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When: Fridays-Sundays. Continues through Dec. 20 2014

There's a lot going on in this Italian fairy tale adapted by Piccolo Theatre as a holiday panto, even some commedia dell'arte. Tartaglia, Prince of Hearts (Sean Wesslund), suffers from "terminal hypochondria"; Silvio, the King of Hearts (Max Hinders), issues a proclamation: whoever makes his son laugh wins a pot of gold. It almost works, but there are villains afoot, most deviously, Fata Morgana (Amelia Lorenz), who casts a spell leaving our prince in love with an orange (hence the title). Various other plot convolutions follow, commented on with asides from Truffaldino (the charming Julian Stroop). It's a good time, and there's a lot to admire in the well-executed song-and-dance numbers and goofy, entendre-laden slapstick. Nevertheless, I wish adapter-director Molly Lyons had made some cuts to this two-hour-plus show; many bits after the intermission feel indulgent. —Suzanne Scanlon

Price: $27, $23 seniors, $15 students, $11 children 11 and younger

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