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Fergus O'Donnell and Ronke Adekoluejo

Fergus O'Donnell and Ronke Adekoluejo

Mark Garvin

When: Tuesdays-Sundays. Continues through March 13 2016
Price: $48-$58
Well, that was fun. Maybe even a little more fun than was strictly necessary. In town as part of Shakespeare 400 Chicago, England's Filter Theatre strips the Bard's romantic comedy down to a gold lamé Speedo. Amid all the usual mistaken identities and nasty pranks, eight actors and an onstage stage manager pull audience members into a conga line, a pizza run, a rendition of "Tequila," and a skill game involving Velcro headgear and some, uh, hairy balls. Low comedy rules, and a lot of it is hilarious. Dan Poole, in particular, makes an epic Toby Belch, while Fergus O'Donnell looks appropriately horrendous in that Speedo as deluded steward Malvolio. But the high jinks get old before the 90 minutes run out. More important, they undermine the tender ending and obscure the power of its gender-forward message. —Tony Adler



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