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A Trilogy of One Acts

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The Pintig Cultural Group--which has focused on the Filipino-American immigrant experience for ten years--shouldn't bother with scripts as bereft of hope and meaning as Larry Leopoldo's adaptations of three short stories by Filipino-American writer Bienvenido Santos. "Scent of Apples" ends before it really begins, and "Immigration Blues"--in which two sisters scam a retiree for a green card--is basically an attenuated setup for a randy punch line. Only "The Day the Dancers Came" approaches the gracefulness of the company's better work, as a fortysomething man tape-records his innermost thoughts while his roommate lies slowly dying on the couch. One man wants to communicate with the other but can't; the other can but won't. In the production's most beautifully realized moment, both sit together and say nothing at all--a minute of stark, excruciating silence that almost redeems the entire production. Almost. 5/19-6/18: Thu-Sat 8 PM, Sun 3 PM. No show Sun 5/22. Chicago Cultural Center, studio theater, 78 E. Washington (enter at 77 E. Randolph), 773-973-1521. $10-$12.

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