The Marriage of Figaro Closing (Theater and Galleries) The Short List (Theater)

When: Wednesdays-Sundays. Continues through Jan. 4 2009

Early in Pierre Beaumarchais's 1784 farce--here adapted, updated, and intermittently flattened by Ranjit Bolt--randy young Cherubin and his libidinal godmother the Countess are trapped on a divan, suffering endless interruptions in a desperate attempt to end up in flagrante delicto. As played with deadly seriousness by Greg Matthew Anderson and Mary Beth Fisher, the white-hot scene shows just how good Jonathan Berry's Remy Bumppo Theatre Company production could be if he kept his actors focused on the characters' stakes. But too often Berry has his cast play big and screwy rather than true--right down to the dancing hipster servants executing protracted set changes. The result: what should be a giddy tale of sexual hypocrisy collapses under the effort to make it funny. --Justin Hayford

Price: $40-$65

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