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A Flea in Her Ear 

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Georges Feydeau's ur-farce, as translated by contemporary farceur David Ives and directed by Gary Griffin, isn't a nonstop gut buster. But it is a satisfying bonbon of a show, stuffed with sly high-caliber performances. The cast are mostly local folks, including the redoubtable Rick Hall in the dual role of stuffy insurance executive Chandebise and Poche, the porter at the hotel where Chandebise's wife, suspecting him of an affair, devises a trap. Daniel Ostling's garish set threatens to overpower the second-act slamming-door shenanigans--it looks like California's weird Madonna hotel (made famous in the 1987 film Aria) on steroids. Still, the combination of a frisky translation, smartly paced staging, and expert interplay between the actors makes for a delicious evening. Through 4/23: Tue 7:30 PM, Wed 1 and 7:30 PM, Thu 7:30 PM, Fri 8 PM, Sat 4 and 8:30 PM, Sun 3 PM, no show 3/28, Chicago Shakespeare Theater, Navy Pier, 800 E. Grand, 312-595-5600, $48-$65.

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