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  Corleone: The Shakespearean Godfather at The Greenhouse Theater Center

Corleone: The Shakespearean Godfather

The Greenhouse Theater Center
2257 N Lincoln Avenue Chicago

This mashup of classic Mafioso characters and Shakespearean prose is the answer to the question you always wanted to ask, "What if Shakespeare had written The Godfather?" The classic tale of power, love, intrigue and betrayal certainly contains the elements of a Shakespeare play and David Mann's clever script sets Mario Puzo's characters to iambic pentameter with terrifically comic results. With swordfights, conspirators and Fredo the fool, expect a poetic bloodbath of Shakespearean proportions. This production stars Nathan Pease and Jerome Marzullo and is directed by Christopher Kidder.

Presented by Commedia Beauregard

Thru - Jul 8, 2012

Thursdays: 7:30pm
Fridays: 7:30pm
Saturdays: 7:30pm
Sundays: 2:30pm

Price: $10-$25

Show Type: Drama

Box Office: 773-404-7336

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  Corleone: The Shakespearean Godfather Reviews
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Chicago Reader - Somewhat Recommended

"...There's one bit in David Mann's Shakespeare-style retelling of The Godfather that opens a bright, hilarious window on what the rest of the play could've been like. The Corleone brothers are plotting the murder of drug boss Sollozzo and his police muscle, McCluskey (the revolver-behind-the-toilet scene in the classic 1972 movie by Francis Ford Coppola). In Mann's version, the Corleones spitball techniques made famous by the Bard—an asp, a poisoned pearl in the wine. "Use not ear poison," somebody advises. It's pure farce, and brilliant. But as directed by Christopher Kidder for Commedia Beauregard, the rest of the show falls flat."
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Keith Griffith

Windy City Times - Highly Recommended

"...Despite the inevitable tendency of spectators to giggle at familiar references, whether Shakespeare or Hollywood, it is a mistake to dismiss the purpose of this literary experiment as simple spoofery. The goal of the Commedia Beauregard aesthetic, in its forging of cultural community, represents an attempt to bridge the isolation that divides societies today as surely as in 1946 Italy—or 1646 England. What's funny about that?"
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Mary Shen Barnidge

Chicago Stage Standard - Recommended

"... "Godfather" fans will value the faithful depiction to the original film script, no mean feat when adapting a nearly three-hour movie for the stage. Though many of the deaths occur just behind the curtain, the practice seems more a theatrical device than an inability, say, to make Apollonia's car blow up before our eyes. A judicious use of memorable refrains from the film score had a synergistic effect. Shakespeare once advocated, "Piece out our imperfections with your thoughts...Think when we talk of horses that you see them." This power of memory helped me see the play with the added force of the film. Sword wielding thugs in suits and fedoras seemed not only natural but fitting."

Lori Davis

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