Her Majesty's Will | Lifeline Theatre | Theater & Performance | Chicago Reader
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Cole Simon

When: Thursdays-Sundays. Continues through July 16 2017
Price: $40
Shakespeare's largely unknown personal life has long inspired novelists and playwrights of all stripes, and the only slightly less obscure career of Christopher Marlowe has attracted its share of attention too. Here, though, there is no scrap of gossip about them, no rumor too unfounded to be seized upon if it will make for a buddy-buddy comedy of espionage on the streets of 16th-century London. Adapted by Robert Kauzlaric from a 2013 novel by Chicago writer and theater artist David Blixt, this play spins a bizarre and circuitous tale implicating the roguish playwrights in a counterplot to save the Virgin Queen from Catholic terrorists. With so much grunting swordplay and pastiche soliloquizing, it's a bit like a theme-park ride through the swashbuckling Elizabethan underground. But Peter Greenberg is a memorably gouty Robert Greene. —Max Maller
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