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The Ingenious Gentleman Don Quixote of La Mancha

Every Sun. from May 15-22
1 p.m.
Every Wed., Thu., Fri., and Sat. from May 13-22
7:30 p.m.
May 17
10:30 a.m.
May 15
7 p.m.
$22-$26
Theater
Distilling unexpected hilarity from literary sources has gotten to be something of a calling card for Four Humors Theater. The irrepressible comic minds behind absurd adaptations of Candide and Lolita are now setting their satiric sights on Cervantes' personification of romantic delusion, The Ingenious Gentleman Don Quixote of La Mancha. While the classic tale has been retold numerous times in many guises, it's a safe bet that Four Humors will find a uniquely ludicrous side to the story by embellishing Quixote's acts of skewed chivalry, including his obsessive quest to vanquish the windmills that his fevered mind perceives as dire giants. Audiences can also expect the show, collaboratively created by the Four Humors crew, to hit upon the meta elements informing Cervantes' original work, in which characters know of Quixote and his neighbor-turned-squire, Sancho Panza, having read of their exploits in the popular literature of the day. This merging of fiction and reality is well tuned to the more cerebral sensibilities of Four Humors, wherein philosophical digressions have been known to bring a thoughtful edge to the prevailing hilarity. Under the direction of Jason Ballweber, this wittily re-imagined production looks to bring a madcap new perspective to the tale.