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Steven Young's lame Wisconsin jokes are barely held together by his plots, one about an ice-fishing championship and the other about a young man being pursued by a relentless federal student loan officer (played by Kate DeVore with a brilliance that recalls Fargo). One of the fishing competitors is dead--and the play is equally inert. The milieu's other denizens--a brain-damaged hockey player, a hooker with a heart of gold, a flatulent sheriff, a born-again Christian--are the proverbial characters in search of an author, or at least a reason for being. A few interesting moments of genuine tenderness arise between the hockey player and the hooker, but until that point there's nothing to indicate that their relationship is worth noticing. Director Edward Morgan and his cast pump all possible life into this TinFish production, but given Young's script their efforts are futile. Through 12/5: Thu-Sat 8:15 PM, Sun 3:15 PM. Theatre Building Chicago, 1225 W. Belmont, 773-327-5252. $20.

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