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Shakespeare by the Sea: Jack and the Beanstalk Market

Those quick-as-lightning minds at Shakespeare by the Sea have again managed to combine a classic fairy tale with some modern and local references to produce another fun family show. Although *Jack and the Beanstalk Market* is set in the 1930s, all the references to belt-tightening and economic woes are sadly apt today. But that’s not to say there’s anything dark or sad about this show. It’s fueled by laughter, and kids and adults alike will be laughing at the repeated gags, zany plot and Keystone Cop-esque chase scene. Tom Smith is charming as the gormless man-child Jack, and Carly Chamberlain does a wonderful job as his mother, humanizing a character who usually comes off as a cruel shrew. The ending is satisfying, with all loose ends neatly tied up and with a nice moral about sharing the wealth with the less fortunate—and with SBTS—gently delivered. -Kate Watson

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