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Mario Puzo’s Godfather has been hailed as Shakespearean in its scope, and Francis Ford Coppola’s film adaptation has the same devoted following that the Bard’s finest work claims. David C. Mann brings William and Mario together in Corleone: The Shakespearean Godfather, a post-modern mash-up of mob hits and iambic pentameter. Set in seventeenth-century New York City, Corleone has capos and buttonmen who wield swords instead of machine guns, but the end result is the same: People get whacked, power corrupts and “Luca Brasi with the fishes sleeps.” There are in-jokes aplenty for the Godfather faithful as well as the Shakespearean set, but at a tidy 70 minutes or so in length, the show doesn’t bog down in shot re-creation or excess detail. The play’s still the thing, and the Non Prophet Theater Company is determined to give you your money’s worth in this two-for-one production. Corleone: The Shakespearean Godfather plays at 8 p.m. Thursday through Saturday and 7:30 p.m. Sunday (September 27 through October 7) at the Regional Arts Commission; please note, there is no performance on Friday, October 5, and the Saturday, October 6, show starts at 9 p.m. Tickets are $12 to $15; call 314-752-5075 for reservations, or visit www.nptco.org for more information.
Thursdays-Saturdays; Oct. 6-7. Starts: Sept. 28. Continues through Oct. 4, 2007

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