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When: Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Fridays-Sundays. Continues through Dec. 21 2016

Cheek by Jowl’s willfully incoherent take on Shakespeare’s late “problem play” opens with an extended one-note demonstration of consuming jealousy. Without discernible provocation, King Leontes goes batshit suspecting Queen Hermione of adultery with boyhood friend (or maybe lover) Polixenes. It ends badly. Then we’re off to a rustic sheep-shearing festival, by turns H&M commercial, episode of Maury, and all-cast line dance. In the psychologically empty finale, dead Hermione’s statute comes to life and everyone does a stylized group hug. Throughout, emotional overembellishment prevents personal exchanges from turning into meaningful relationships, let alone a cogent story. And in what universe do people both use cell phones and worship Apollo? If the point here is that our splintered contemporary world makes no sense, point taken.
—Justin Hayford

Price: $55-$88

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