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click to enlarge Marc James and Kate Lass

Marc James and Kate Lass

Susan Piril

When: Fridays-Sundays. Continues through June 19 2016
Price: $20
thecuckoostheaterproject.com
Directed by Donald Kolakowski, this Cuckoo's Theater Project production of Carlo Gozzi’s commedia dell’arte fairy tale The Green Bird (a sequel to the better-known The Love of Three Oranges) is, at times, very rough. Parts drag, and there are too many chase scenes, which just don’t work in an intimate space. More important, we don’t know how seriously we're to take Gozzi’s allegory of a royal family torn apart by magic; at times it's as though adapter Hillary DePiano actively dislikes the original. But there are also flashes of brilliance: Amber Lee Olivier’s masks are wonderful, Kegan Witzki is winning as the show’s sardonic narrator, and at times the show is laugh-out-loud funny. —Jack Helbig

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