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click to enlarge Brendan Hutt and Josh Hambrock

Brendan Hutt and Josh Hambrock

Courtesy Promethean Theatre Ensemble

When: Thursdays-Sundays. Continues through May 27 2017
Price: $27, $22 seniors, $17 students and children
prometheantheatre.org
There’s something so unusual, like quintuplets, about doing a play in only rhyming couplets; Promethean Theatre Ensemble somehow pulls this off, which is assuredly nothing at which to scoff. In Pierre Corneille's 1644 farce, Dorante (Josh Hambrock) captivates the Paris scene with his elegant, dubious fibs, so much so that even he loses all sense of what's real and what's a lie: as he says at one point, "The unimagined life is not worth living." As adapted by David Ives, the repartee comes fast and furious, with plenty of bounce and verve. Ed Rutherford directs. —Max Maller

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