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The Family Gold 

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THE FAMILY GOLD | Poet Annie Reiner, a daughter of actor Carl Reiner, penned this domestic comedy about, um, a poet and her actor father. Dory, retreating from a failing marriage, crashes at the home of her elderly parents, Shakespeare-spouting Theodore Gold and his loving noodge of a wife, Ruthie. Long-delayed confrontations ensue: Dory felt neglected as a child because Gold was always running off to his next gig; Gold is tormented by unresolved conflicts with his dad, who rejected him when he changed his name; and Ruthie, the family's emotional (and sometimes financial) backbone, feels unappreciated. The premise is promising, but mawkish dialogue, tired ethnic caricatures (a garrulous Irish neighbor, a hostile Puerto Rican delivery boy), and clumsy construction produce banal cliche. Dennis Zacek's staging stars Broadway-Hollywood veteran Harold Gould as Ted and local treasure Roslyn Alexander as Ruthie; their fine-tuned, empathetic interplay almost makes the show worth watching. Almost. Through 10/24: Tue-Fri 8 PM, Sat 5 and 8:30 PM, Sun 3 PM. Wed 10/6, 2 PM only. No show Tues 10/5. Wed 10/6 and 5 PM Sat 10/16: word for word captioned. Fri 10/8 and Sun 10/17: audio described. Fri 10/15: word for word captioned and sign interpreted. Victory Gardens Theater, first-floor main stage, 2257 N. Lincoln, 773-871-3000 (TTY 773-871-0682). $28-$40.

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