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William Shakespeare

'Something Rotten' is anything but

'Something Rotten' is anything but

Brevity, as the one and only William Shakespeare wrote (or did he?), may be the soul of wit, but the creators of "Something Rotten!" never met a pun or a piece of shtick they couldn't stretch.

The result, which you can catch at the Hippodrome Theatre through Sunday (and you should), is a musical that takes the slenderest of plot ideas and gives it an extended, delirious spin.

In a nutshell: London, 1590s. Two struggling, play-writing brothers, Nick and Nigel Bottom, are desperate to get some of the fame lavished on Shakespeare. Thanks to a...