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Critics disagree on Tennessee Williams's 1953 absurdist dream pageant, in which disillusioned romantics Don Quixote, Camille, Casanova, Byron, and G.I. Kilroy molder in an unnamed Latin American police state with various gypsies and drunks. It might be the playwright's best work (Clive Barnes) or simply dreadful (Harold Bloom). In any case, the script's avalanche of metaphors and tableaux proves too much for Mom and Dad Productions (and contrary to their assertion, this is not the play's Chicago premiere--Center Theater staged it in 1986). Director Joe Feliciano's unlyrical production proceeds in fits and starts: the acting is uneven, the design rudimentary, the pacing pedestrian. Rather than pageantry it offers, to quote Williams, a procession of little events. --Justin Hayford a Through 9/15: Fri-Sat 8 PM, Sun 7 PM, Athenaeum Theatre, third-floor studio, 2936 N. Southport, 312-902-1500, $10-$15.


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