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<em>Funk It Up About Nothin&rsquo;; The Marriage of Bette and Boo; The Skin of Our Teeth</em>

Chicago Funk It Up About Nothin’Chicago Shakespeare Theater (312) 595-5600“The Bard gets a bawdy and fun remix” in this Much Ado About Nothing adaptation, said Chris Jones in the Chicago Tribune. A cast led by “rappers” named GQ and JQ rhymes its way through the play’s couplets. Even “if you’ve seen too many Much Ados” in your day, “this one will greatly amuse.”

New YorkThe Marriage of Bette and BooLaura Pels Theatre, (212) 719-1300Director Walter Bobbie’s revival of Christopher Durang’s dark 1985 comedy is imperfect, said Charles Isherwood in The New York Times. In mining laughs from a family’s series of stillbirths, however, it proves that the playwright’s “trademark blend of zany humor and grotesquerie remains unsettlingly potent.”

Washington, D.C.The Skin of Our TeethGonda Theatre, (800) 494-8497Director Rahaleh Nassri has “blown the dust off” this quirky 1942 play by Thornton Wilder, said Nelson Pressly in The Washington Post. It’s hard to believe this cartoonish take on mankind’s plight through the ages won the Pulitzer Prize, but here both Nassri and the actors “coolly control the play’s heightened style.”

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