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A Devil Inside

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David Lindsay-Abaire's 1997 absurdist dark comedy creates an eccentric alternative universe populated by cartoonish characters driven by odd but powerful motivations. (One of them collects feet pickled in formaldehyde.) But this strength becomes a weakness when the play falls into the hands of a company like the Right Brain Project, which doesn't have a clue how to negotiate this difficult work. Aaron Snook, playing a son out to avenge his father's mysterious death, comes closest to the right comic style. But the other actors are so busy trying to be funny or bizarre, bugging out their eyes and striking weird poses, that we don't believe a word they're saying. Through 7/2: Thu-Sat 8 PM, Sun 3 PM, Breadline Theatre, 1802 W. Berenice, 773-750-2033, $10-$15.

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