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The Sea Horse 

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Sailors call the proprietress of the Sea Horse tavern "Two-Ton Gertie," but Harry Bales has decided he wants to make Gertrude Blum his wife. The classroom-exercise quality of Edward J. Moore's 1974 courtship comedy grows more apparent with every passing decade, but director Dado's dream-team casting of veterans Kirsten Fitzgerald and Guy Van Swearingen as the bearish lovers makes for glorious physical action devoid of adolescent self-consciousness. In the quiet moments before Cupid lands these derelict vessels safely in port, we can admire the richly detailed clutter of Grant Sabin's salty barroom set. Through 3/5: Thu-Sat 8 PM, Sun 7 PM, A Red Orchid Theatre, 1531 N. Wells, 312-943-8722, $14-$20.

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