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Chinese Coffee; Crooked; The Comedy of Errors

Chinese CoffeeFlight Theatre at the Complex, Los Angeles (323) 960-7792The talkiness of Ira Lewis’ 1992 drama “borders on self-indulgence,” said LA Weekly. Yet director Jack Heller’s staging of this play about two unemployed artists “crackles with ferocious energy,” allowing leads Guy Camilleri and Matt Chait to find real drama in the “potentially clunky” dialogue.

CrookedTheater Schmeater, Seattle(206) 324-5801If Catherine Trieschmann’s script is also too thick with exposition, it at least presents “female adolescence with rare sensitivity and candor,” said The Seattle Times. Mariah Caine Ware pitches in with a “quite credible” performance as the “bright, beleaguered,” and physically deformed teenager at its center.

The Comedy of ErrorsGuthrie Theater, Minneapolis(612) 377-2224Director Ian Belknap lets his cast revel in the “slapstick, wordplay, and mistaken identities” of this early Shakespeare comedy, said the St. Paul, Minn., Pioneer-Press. Its story, about a pair of twins separated at childhood, may date back to ancient Rome, but the Acting Company makes it feel “plenty fresh.”

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