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Once Upon a Mattress 

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Paula Scrofano as a villainous queen bent on sabotaging her son's marital chances by imposing impossible tests on his would-be brides brings a needed flourish to Ray Frewen's colorful but spark-deprived production. We know it's a lightweight musical comedy, but the characters shouldn't. Too often the love stories here play out predictably, with little genuine ardor. Individual characters satisfy, however: Sean Fortunato's delightful nebbish of a prince; Kristen Freilich's goofy, likable, pea-hating princess; Brian Herriott's dashing rogue knight; and Pegah Kadkhodaian's sympathetic knocked-up lady. Fortunately, in lieu of believable interaction we have spectacle and humor (especially from supporting mischief makers Dale Benson, Bernie Yvon, and Jason Bayle) to distract and entertain us. Through 12/18: Wed-Thu 8 PM, Fri 8:30 PM, Sat 5:30 and 9 PM, Sun 2:30 and 7 PM. Thu 10/20, 8 PM only. Drury Lane Oakbrook, Roosevelt and Butterfield, Oakbrook Terrace, 630-530-0111. $22-$26.

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