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The critics were somewhat half-hearted about the Huntington Theatre Company's production of "A Confederacy of Dunces," but the crowds were not. The show starring Nick Offerman of NBC's "Parks and Recreation" became the highest-grossing show in the company's 33-year history, earning more than $2.1 million during its 45-performance run that concluded Sunday. "A Confederacy of Dunces" overtook the sales record held by the Huntington's 2013 production of "A Jungle Book." The show, based on the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel by John Kennedy Toole, was adapted by Jeffrey Hatcher and directed by David Esbjornson. The production was presented in cooperation with a team of partners including Robert Guza, John Hardy, LSU Press, and Oscar-winning filmmaker Steven Soderbergh. In the show, Offerman played gaseous eccentric Ignatius J. Reilly, the Don Quixote of the French Quarter.


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