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Wild Oats 

When: Fridays, Saturdays, 8 p.m., Sundays, 2 p.m. and Thu., Aug. 27, 7:30 p.m. Continues through Aug. 30 2015
Price: $15-$20
John O'Keeffe's 1791 Restoration comedy Wild Oats is about a by-the-book naval colonel named George Thunder who is chasing deserters when he stumbles across the home of his niece. George sends for his son Harry in order to arrange a marriage between the two young people, but his son has been slumming as an actor and would prefer to continue living that dream. Harry's lookalike (and actor chum) Rover shows up in his place, and begins wooing Kate without the old man noticing the difference. This drawing-room comedy was adapted by American playwright James McLure as a Western, with a few names changed but the action mostly the same. There's a Native American who talks like an Irishman, a Shakespearean actor on the lam and a brief snippet of As You Like It crammed in there as well. St. Louis Shakespeare presents the McLure version of Wild Oats at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday (August 21 to 30) at the Ivory Theatre (7620 Michigan Avenue; 314-361-5664 or www.stlshakespeare.org). There is one 7:30 p.m. show on Thursday, August 27. Tickets are $15 to $20.
— Paul Friswold

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