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The Boston Globe

Theater & art

Stage Review

Measuring the toll of war in ‘Mother Courage’

LENOX — When you hear that Olympia Dukakis is starring in “Mother Courage and Her Children,’’ your first reaction is that a great performance could be in the offing, one that will be seared into the memory.

But that potential is not realized in Shakespeare & Company’s production of Bertolt Brecht’s antiwar classic. At very few points does Dukakis’s performance — or the production itself, directed by Tony Simotes — touch greatness.

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