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Lettice and Lovage 

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Peter Shaffer's charming tribute to British eccentricity and the power of the imagination is fueled by opposites who attract--both each other and us. Irrepressibly theatrical rebel Lettice Douffet (Patricia Hodges), a flamboyant fantasist, forms an unlikely alliance with repressed civil servant Lotte (Linda Reiter). Director Lucy Smith Conroy clearly loves every minute of the supple script, especially the many obstacles these reflexive contrarians must overcome to find common cause (re-creating historical executions, mocking London's ugly modern architecture). John Judd has a wickedly funny cameo as a buttoned-down barrister who, inspired by these two, erupts into histrionic abandon. Not settling for a "mere" character comedy, Shaffer celebrates the collaborative side of nonconformity. Through 6/11: Wed-Thu 7:30 PM, Fri 8 PM, Sat 3 and 8 PM, Sun 2:30 and 7:30 PM, Court Theatre, 5535 S. Ellis, 773-753-4472, $35-$50.

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