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

When: Third Saturday of every month. Continues through Sept. 15 2012

Invented 40 years ago and first brought to Chicago by Frank Farrell and Tom Tresser in 1981, the Free Shakespeare technique combines the Bard and improvisation in what's said to be an authentically Elizabethan manner: directorless actors memorize their lines but never rehearse together. Farrell revives the concept here, using the breeziest play in the canon. What's lost in dropped lines, missed cues, and irregular pacing is recouped (at least in part) with charismatic acting and outsize caricatures. Les Rorick is especially good as a gruff duke, and Tim Blewitt plays a servant the way Omar from The Wire might. —Asher Klein

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