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'I Love Lucy Live on Stage' over-stuffed, but diverting
'I Love Lucy Live on Stage' over-stuffed, but diverting

There is a promising idea at the heart of "I Love Lucy Live on Stage," the heavy-on-the-nostalgia production at the Hippodrome. To provide a taste of how the beloved 1950s sitcom about the Ricardos and Mertzes was made, two episodes are re-created on a set designed to conjure up the Hollywood studio where "I Love Lucy" was filmed before a live audience. Unfortunately, the show, directed by Rick Sparks, applies so much other stuff to milk the remember-when atmosphere that the pace and the fun deflate. The new material, crafted by Sparks and Kim Flagg (they also adapted the original episodes), includes an emcee charged with warming up and, in between filming,...

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