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M. Proust 

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Adapted by Mary Zimmerman from Marcel Proust's own writings and from the memoirs of his housekeeper, this one-woman show feels like a dramatized book report. It may be proof that Zimmerman, deprived of a young, athletic, gorgeously clad and choreographed ensemble, cannot maintain the dramatic tension needed to keep an audience awake for 90 minutes. Or, since Eric Rosen directs for About Face Theatre, it might prove that only Zimmerman can release the magic in her words. Daniel Ostling's simple, elegant set is the perfect platform for Rosen's surfeit of pretty stage pictures, and Mary Beth Peil reads the script beautifully--even the long, boring passages Zimmerman has plucked out of context from Proust's revered but seldom completely read multivolume opus. Through 7/16: Wed-Fri 7:30 PM, Sat-Sun 3 and 7:30 PM, Steppenwolf Theatre Company, upstairs theater, 1650 N. Halsted, 312-335-1650, $35-$40.

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