Review: 'Animals out of Paper'


Tim Mooney, Arlington Hts., IL

3 stars

Marian Underground: 317 New Jersey. Tim Mooney has memorized

40-plus Shakespeare soliloquies and sonnets with a promise to perform a

surprise mix every show according to the whims of his spinning bingo cage. Even

delivered out of context, the speeches of Richard III, King Lear and

lesser-known Timon still stir our admiration for how

the Bard's words jump and play. Unfortunately, Mooney is too steadily playful.

His thin voice dips and rises and his hands fly, as if punctuating syllables

hard will translate Elizabethan phrasing better and faster. Lot o' Shakespeare

would be better if we got less and felt more.

Thursday, Aug. 26, 9:00 p.m.; Saturday,

Aug. 28, 3 p.m.

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