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Tuesdays With Morrie 

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Freaky Friday was the first sign of trouble. Veteran actor Harold Gould portrayed the dotty old granddad--and managed to overdo it even in a movie where Jamie Lee Curtis and Lindsay Lohan switch bodies. Now here he is as Morrie Schwartz, the philosophical invalid, using an old-coot chuckle that makes the character sound like he's losing his mind as well as his motor control. Schwartz was a retired professor who became famous in the 1990s when, dying of ALS, he began spouting aphorisms like "When you learn how to die, you learn how to live." Mitch Albom turned the man into a cottage industry with a best-selling memoir, made-for-TV movie, and this play. Gould renders him idiotic in a soulless, insipid, overmiked production directed by Michael Montel. Through 3/12: Thu 7:30 PM, Fri 8 PM, Sat 2 and 8 PM, Sun 2 PM, Cadillac Palace Theatre, 151 W. Randolph, 312-902-1400, $32-$65. Closing.

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