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When: Thursdays-Sundays. Continues through Oct. 28 2012
Price: $20-$40
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Melodrama requires a stark choice—either play it straight or don't. Robert Kauzlaric's adaptation of an 1859 novel by Wilkie Collins hovers uneasily in between. Kauzlaric aims for our full investment in the plight of Laura Fairlie, a proto-feminist victim of Victorian mores. That would be a hard sell in any case, given the character's dim-witted innocence. But Christopher Walsh actively undercuts the serious tone by going all out for laughs as a monstrous villain. The second act of this 150-minute show drowns in the exposition required to tie up every thread of Collins's insane plot. By then, despite the intricately engineered script and Elise Kauzlaric's polished production, I'd stopped caring. —Laura Molzahn

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