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Review: Company engages audience with stellar 'Mother Courage'

Olympia Dukakis, front, and Brooke Parks are seen in Shakespeare & Company’s “Mother Courage and Her Children.” It is Dukakis’ fifth time playing the title character.
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Olympia Dukakis, front, and Brooke Parks are seen in Shakespeare & Company’s “Mother Courage and Her Children.” It is Dukakis’ fifth time playing the title character.
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The current production of “Mother Courage and Her Children” at Shakespeare and Company is surely the most irreverent outing of this great play that I have seen. WHERE: Shakespeare and Company, 70 Kemble St., Lenox, Mass. WHEN: Through Aug. 25 HOW MUCH: $95-$15 MORE INFO: (413) 637-3353, shakespeare.org The director, Tony Simotes, and the show’s star, Olympia Dukakis, have gone to great lengths to explore the humor that lies beneath the somber themes. Arthur Oliver, ...

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