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Shakespeare's Lovers and Fighters 

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However blasted the heath where they meet, you can't match the weird sisters' rap for a beat. You can even dance to it. And the most PC playgoer will confess under interrogation to cheering on Kate and Petruchio when the fists start to fly. Footsteps Theatre, the company that brought us the long-running hit Babes With Blades, now offers a show not dissimilar in its extravagant physicality. Comprised of equal parts sex and violence--oops, sentiment and swordplay--this vigorous 75-minute anthology, adapted and directed by Karin McKie, features scenes from Hamlet, Macbeth, Romeo and Juliet, Much Ado About Nothing, and of course The Taming of the Shrew. A multilingual trio of winsome witches performs musical arrangements of the Bard's greatest hits in a variety of styles, including blues, doo-wop, and Gregorian chant. Following the one-night benefit performance this weekend, Shakespeare's Lovers and Fighters will open November 14 for an extended run. And damned be him that first cries, "Hold, enough!" Theatre Building, 1225 W. Belmont, 773-327-5252. Saturday, October 30, 6 PM. $35 (or $60 per pair); proceeds benefit Footsteps Theatre Company. --Mary Shen Barnidge

Art accompanying story in printed newspaper (not available in this archive): photo/Ruben Fuentes.

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