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Francis Ford Coppola's 1974 film, about a wiretapper enduring a personal crisis, appears an unlikely candidate for transfer to the stage. The tight montage and brilliant sound design in particular would seem difficult to re-create in a live production. Yet Pyewacket does a great job of finding stage equivalents for Coppola's cinematic effects. Adapter Kate Harris and director Kenneth Lee play scenes over and over, just as Coppola reruns footage again and again to indicate his protagonist's growing obsession with one of his surveillance subjects. And Joseph Fosco's clever sound design conveys as well as the film does the process--including the pitfalls--of assembling a coherent "overheard" conversation from multiple hidden-microphone recordings. The play really belongs to Robert Skrocki, however, who conveys the inner turmoil of the protagonist, Harry Caul, nearly as well as Gene Hackman. Through 2/26: Thu-Sat 8 PM, Sun 3 PM. Chopin Theatre, 1543 W. Division, 773-275-2201. $10-$25.


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