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Antonio Sacre is the best kind of storyteller, drawing you into his world with such subtlety that you hardly notice what he's doing--until the story ends and you find yourself longing for just one more anecdote, one more voice. In this show, which played the 2001 Rhinoceros Theater Festival, he makes his Irish-American/Cuban relatives utterly familiar in Si la Gente Quiere Comer Carne, Le Damos Carne ("If the People Want to Eat Meat, Let Them Eat Meat," a rallying cry during the Cuban revolution). A former Chicagoan now based in Los Angeles, Sacre explores the pain and joy of sibling relationships through the misadventures of his younger brother, a petty criminal with a heart full of love and grit. Sacre illustrates his brother's failures and successes with childlike drawings on a large sheet of white paper, but otherwise he uses no set or props--his gift for voices and ability to create empathy for his 15 characters carry the show. This minimalist style is perfectly suited to presenters PANG (Producing Artists for a New Generation), a group of teenagers at Free Street who, under the mentorship of playwright-teacher Bryn Magnus, have been producing performances on a shoestring for the last year. Pulaski Park, 1419 W. Blackhawk, 773-772-7248. March 15-16: Friday-Saturday, 7:30 PM. $10 or "pay what you can."

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