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Playing Shakespeare's fairy tale in modern dress does its make-believe no favors. But the sincere storytelling in this Bohemian Theatre Ensemble staging, directed by Peter Robel, carries the day. Kyle Lemieux is powerfully persuasive as Leontes, the Sicilian king whose gratuitous jealousy sets off a chain reaction that only the Bard--and the play's passage of 16 years--can transform into comedy. Elizabeth Christine Tanner makes much of Paulina's glorious denunciations of a stubborn, stupid leader. (We could use this kind of eloquent critic today.) There's little if any scenic design, so the contrast between paranoid Sicily in the first half and pastoral Bohemia in the second is established in this production by Robel's supple, evocative score. Through 12/18: Thu-Sat 8 PM, Sun 2 PM, Breadline Theatre, 1802 W. Berenice, 773-791-2393, $18 in advance, $20 at the door.

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