Commedia King John | Den Theatre | Theater & Performance | Chicago Reader
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When: Fridays, Saturdays. Continues through Sept. 29 2012
Price: $10-$15
William Shakespeare's King John is seldom performed and rarely understood. In Chicago dell'Arte's adaptation, the murky plot is stretched and twisted into outrageous fun. When young Miabella asks Uncle Dottore about the Magna Carta—the titular monarch's great, inadvertent contribution to civilization—he decides to tell her the Bard's story. "What's Shakespeare?" she asks. "It's like English, Dottore replies, "but harder to understand." Spectacularly vapid characters draw laughs throughout, played by an ensemble using spot-on masks, exaggerated postures, and frequent double entendres to achieve goofball perfection. They don't make King John any clearer, but that's hardly the point. Jared Latore stands out as crotchety old Pantalone, barking perverted orders at his servant. —Marissa Oberlander



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