Sweet Revenge 

When: Sun., Oct. 22, 2 p.m.
Price: $25-$35
While his peers grappled with the big ideas that were the work of "great men," Polish writer Aleksander Fredro was concerned with telling a funny story. He liked the folksy humor of the people, wordplay and farce. All of his facility with these underrated tools are used to dazzling effect in his best-known play, Zemsta, or Sweet Revenge. It tells the tale of two men who are in dispute; their struggle consumes them, as each plots to outmaneuver the other and strike the final blow that will win the victory. Revenge is all-consuming, a fact that never occurs to the people engaged in seeking it. Philip Boehm, artistic director of Upstream Theatre and award-winning translator, has written an English edition of the play that maintains Fredro’s rhyming verse and humor. Upstream Theater opens its season with Sweet Revenge at the Kranzberg Arts Center (501 North Grand Boulevard; www.upstreamtheater.org). The show will be presented as if an immigrant Polish theater working in St. Louis in the 1930s was staging it. Performances are at 8 p.m. Thursday through Saturday and 7 p.m. Sunday (October 6 to 21), with a final 2 p.m. performance on Sunday, October 22. Tickets are $25 to $35.
— Paul Friswold
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