The Two Gentlemen of Verona Closing (Theater and Galleries) Free Member Picks The Short List (Theater)

When: Saturdays, Sundays. Continues through July 20 2014

Even cut down to a Cliffs Notes-like 60 minutes, Shakespeare's early—maybe earliest—comedy has its longueurs. It's easy to lose patience with passages of wordplay that no doubt had them rolling in the early 1590s but seem a little, oh, labored 420 years later—especially when declaimed outdoors in the lovely but line-swallowing environs of an Evanston park. Still, director Andrew Biliter is clearly aware of the challenges. He's got his cast going big and loose to perform the play, which pulls gentleman brigands, cross-dressed women, and a live dog into its narrative about best friends falling out over love. Sometimes it's too much, as when Emily Lane flounces her way through an ingenue role. But this Muse of Fire Theatre production moves along pleasantly for the most part, and Tony Lawry is particularly amusing as both a clown and a father rendered clownishly. —Tony Adler

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