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Casanova 

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David Greig's contemporary take on the Casanova legend is a glib, aimless dalliance lacking dramatic structure, theatrical plausibility, and political savvy. The title character, a libidinous art collector who beds 1,001 women for sport, imagines himself a revolutionary because he acknowledges women's right to sexual pleasure. A subplot involving a cuckolded cabinetmaker trying to exact revenge on Casanova through the services of a shapely female detective is ludicrous even within Greig's playfully distorted universe. The show is a waste of director Kimberly Senior's skillful, flexible Collaboraction cast, who can find humor in the most overwrought moments. Though Scott Kennedy as the cabinetmaker and Larry Neumann Jr. as Casanova supply charm and pathos, they can't surmount Greig's undisciplined self-indulgence. Through 12/11: Thu-Sat 8 PM, Sun 7 PM. Chopin Theatre, 1543 W. Division, 312-226-9633. $18-$25.

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