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When: Mondays, Wednesdays-Sundays. Continues through April 29 2012
Price: $45-$60
Simon Callow isn't known as a Shakespearean actor. As far as I can tell, his most famous brush with the Bard came in 1998, when he appeared as a comic Elizabethan bureaucrat in the movie Shakespeare in Love—which, of course, wasn't by Shakespeare. So his solo show can't be an and-then-I-played-type exploration of the canon. Instead, Callow, playwright Jonathan Bate, and director Tom Cairns give us a guided tour of the Stratford Man's life, punctuated by snatches of some of his more famous writings. There are some nuggets—especially about Shakespeare's education and colleagues. But most of the show comes across as lazy. Speculation is presented as fact; the structure is trite; the selection of quotes, mostly uninspired. Even Cairns's set, with the inexplicable introduction of two birch trees in the second act, seems arbitrary. —Tony Adler

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