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When: Mondays, Saturdays, Sundays. Continues through March 1 2010

In George Bernard Shaw's 1893 comedy pitting progressive, "Ibsenist" views against conventional morality, a clever fellow with modern ideas wants to marry a smart, liberated widow--but his silly, manipulative ex won't let him go. A medical subplot, meanwhile, allows Shaw to make a case against animal vivisection. Actually, this being Shaw, a lot of casemaking goes on--much of it witty and all of it well argued--culminating in a typically sensible, sexless, perversely unsatisfying resolution. Perhaps reasoning that the characters' minds and mouths are all that matter, director Robert Scogin dispenses with movement altogether. Anchored to stationary music stands, the cast of this ShawChicago production, which should properly be called a staged reading, are reduced to talking heads. --Zac Thompson

Price: $10-$22


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