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Mrs. Hyde and the Case of the Gaslight Buggerings 

When: Thursdays-Sundays. Continues through April 26 2009
Phone: 773-935-6860, 312-902-1500
Price: $15-$20
Somewhere Charles Ludlam--the late, great author of The Mystery of Irma Vep--is kicking himself for not thinking this one up. Hoping to obliterate restrictive Victorian gender roles, transgressive Dr. Jekyll concocts a potion that transforms him into Mrs. Hyde, a sexually rapacious drag queen who turns gay men straight and straight men into devoted bottoms. While first-time playwright Duane Scott Cerny has no trouble concocting two hours of gleefully vulgar double-entendres, he hasn't developed Ludlam's knack for structural ingenuity: most of the promising plotlines in this Even & Odd Theatrical debut unravel into loose ends. Director Mark Contorno's uneven cast often struggle to maintain the poker faces necessary to make farce convincingly ridiculous. Cerny doesn't lack for good ideas, just the discipline to exploit them theatrically. --Justin Hayford


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