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Every Inch a King 

When: Thursdays-Saturdays, 8 p.m. and Sundays, 5 p.m. Continues through Nov. 14 2007
Price: $9-$25

It's appropriate that Central Works' revival of Every Inch a King opened the same weekend that King Lear closed at Cal Shakes. Company playwright Gary Graves' comedy is essentially Lear without Lear, in which the only characters onstage are his three daughters. There are plenty of tidbits in Graves' script for the Shakespeare geek to savor, but ultimately the whole Lear thing is a jumping-off point rather than any kind of adaptation. What's funny about this comedy has more to do with particular character moments than the plot, which doesn't come to much. The three sisters assemble at the family home to discuss what to do with Dad, whom eldest daughter Gwen is caring for after his severe stroke, and the prospect of selling their land to Disney for an ultra-planned community like Celebration USA. The intimate Berkeley City Club space works well for the run-down Leroy house, with duct-taped upholstery and cobwebbed taxidermy making up Chad Owens' set. At the BerkeleyCity Club through Nov. 18; or 510-558-1381.

— Sam Hurwitt


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