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Though Michael Colucci produced, directed, and stars in this revival of Arthur Miller's 1947 play, it's not like most vanity productions. For one thing, Colucci delivers an impressive performance as the corrupt patriarch at the center of the story, about a war profiteer accused of selling faulty airplane parts. For another, his direction is as strong as his acting. He even manages to turn his storefront theater's awkward space--a long, narrow, claustrophobia-inducing back room--into an asset, upping the intensity of this pressure cooker of a show. It doesn't hurt that the ensemble includes actors of the caliber of Jan Ellen Graves and Marisa Sanders, who know how to express the full complexity of Miller's emotional roller coaster. Every word and gesture in this American tragedy is important--and that's just how Colucci's cast plays it. Through 8/21: Thu-Sat 8 PM, Sun 3 PM. Actors Workshop Theatre, 1044 W. Bryn Mawr, 773-728-7529. $15-$20.

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