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Twelfth Night, or What You Will 

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Noble Fool Theatricals director Nick Sandys takes an Alice in Wonderland approach to Shakespeare's play, adding a Mad Hatter and hookahs--which works well visually. Shipwrecked Viola disguises herself as eunuch to Duke Orsino, whom she hopes to marry, but he's in love with Olivia. When Viola (in male garb) delivers the Duke's sentiments to Olivia, she falls for the messenger. This comedy requires clear distinctions between nobles and fools, but Rebecca Spence's almost unrelenting gravity as Viola--which serves her well in the touching conclusion--deprives many of the practical jokes and cases of mistaken identity of their humor. Instead, like Alice, she should be more taken with the "curiouser and curiouser" nature of her situation. Through 5/27: Wed-Fri 8 PM, Sat 4:30 and 8:30 PM, Sun 2 PM, Pheasant Run Resort & Spa, 4051 E. Main (Rte. 64), Saint Charles, 630-584-6342, $27-$37.

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