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The Playboy of the Western World 

When: Thursdays-Sundays. Continues through April 5 2014
Price: $36
First, a translation: "playboy" is the early-20th-century Irish term for "con artist," and the "western world" doesn't extend much beyond County Mayo, where the title character, Christy Mahon, stumbles into a pub with a wild tale of killing his father with one blow. Charmed by his silver tongue, the men decide not to turn him in and the women squeal over him like Beliebers—until, as happens with celebrities, they all turn against him. You have to give the actors at the Raven Theatre some credit. Doing a credible Irish accent is not easy, and J.M. Synge's lines wouldn't sound nearly as good in flat old Chicagolese. Unfortunately, most of them sacrifice subtlety and humor for sounding more Oi-rish. The only tell that this is a comedy is the silent gags. —Aimee Levitt


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