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A Night of Innocent Games 

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Add Miss Julie to the long list of plays that shouldn't get updates but all too often do. Joshua Aaron Weinstein's script relocates Strindberg's 1888 drama to 1991 and the household of a hotel magnate. The vaguely Hilton-esque spin on the original's heiress-gone-wild scenario is all that really translates, the fault of time and, gasp, progress: it's impossible to conceive of a modern American equivalent to the draconian late-Victorian caste dictates of the source, let alone the "fallen woman" stigma that's the sexually liberated Julie's ultimate fate. Director Christopher Dennis and his cast labor valiantly within these limits but can't surmount them. Through 5/7: Thu-Sat 8 PM, Sun 2 PM, no show Sun 4/16, Side Studio, 1520 W. Jarvis, 773-412-8089, $10-$12, industry shows Sun.


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