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Nicolai Khalezin

When: Nov. 30-Dec. 11 2016
Price: $42-$58
Toby (Toby Park) has had enough of "shallow buffoonery." He's decided to get serious and confront his "well-fed bourgeois" audience (us) with not one, not 20, but all 74 onstage deaths in Shakespeare's plays—from poor Matthew Gough, who buys it at the hands of a mob in Henry VI, Part II, to pretty much everybody in Hamlet. Of course, things don't go as planned. The three other members of Brit theater troupe Spymonkey can't take Toby's newfound earnestness, and, besides, they've got agendas of their own: Aitor Basauri wants to work with bubbles, Petra Massey wants to play Ophelia, and Stephan Kreiss wants to play with Petra. The result is loads and loads of shallow buffoonery. At over two hours, the joke goes on too long, but there's plenty of high-quality ridiculousness here, and no compunctions whatever about getting us to laugh at waggling penises or flies crawling up people's noses. —Tony Adler



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