Fifty Shades of Shakespeare | The Pony | Theater & Performance | Chicago Reader
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When: Mondays, Fridays, Saturdays. Continues through Feb. 23 2015
Price: $10
This hour-long show from (Re)discover Theatre comprises short scenes intended to illustrate the Bard's steamy side. But the group seems to have struggled to find material that fits the bill. Why else include Hamlet telling Ophelia to go to a nunnery or the Weird Sisters prophesying for Macbeth? Even the selections from Romeo and Juliet and A Midsummer Night's Dream have less to do with sex than wooing and unrequited love, respectively. As if to justify the title, cast members (who change roles at each performance) show plenty of skin, brandish whips, play naughty party games during scene changes, and do a lot of writhing. Despite their energetic efforts, the whole thing feels like a desperate attempt to find kink where there isn't any. —Zac Thompson



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