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A Midsummer Night's Dream: A Queer Tale 

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A lip-synching drag queen Titania, a leather-loving Oberon, androgynous sybarites, and biker fairies in orgiastic raves: MidTangent Productions' "queer tale" treats Shakespeare's lovers as mismatched closet cases who get sorted into same-sex partnerships. There's no hidden agenda, just a well-seized opportunity to turn the Bard's sturdy comedy into a vehicle for salacious anachronisms ("How now, faggots?"). Over the last three years, Tony Lewis's staging has gotten louder and looser, but his adaptation remains inconsistently lavender. Still, the lessons about testing love through the mistakes of a night and crowning the results in a daylight marriage could not be more current. --Lawrence Bommer a Through 8/5: Thu-Sat 8 PM, Sun 6 PM, National Pastime Theater, 4139 N. Broadway, 800-595-4849, $20-$25.

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