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Playwright Mike Rago (left) directs rehearsal. (Submitted photo)

"Romeo and Juliet, 10 Years Later" takes cheerful liberties with the Shakespeare tragedy, thanks to Downers Grove playwright Mike Rago, who works in real estate and banking and as a professional musician. He directs the comedy, which asserts the couple faked their suicides.

The playbill says, "Their infatuation is long gone. So are Romeo's looks and Juliet's charm. … This is the rest of their story."

In interviews, Rago says he had the idea to write a comedy sequel on Romeo and Juliet who manage to fake their death and secretly run away as husband and wife.

"Center Stage offered to produce the show, organizing show dates, rehearsals, technical expertise and the necessary details to make my dream possible," he says. "The theater suggested that I direct the production, advising me that my vision could truly be defined appropriately on stage."

Tickets and show times

When: 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, March 22 and 23, and 3 p.m. Sunday, March 24

Where: Center Stage Theater, 1665 Quincy Ave., Naperville

Cost & Info: $12, $8 for students and seniors, 630-355-9212;