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The highlight in this Mamet festival evening of one-acts is Jolly, in which a woman and her brother and husband rehash years of parental mindfucking. The taut ensemble draws hilarity from raw pain, and Todd Lahrman gets extra credit for conveying so much love and humor even though he rarely speaks more than three consecutive words. By contrast, Bethany Caputo's rendition of Almost Done, a monologue about sharing memories between generations, seems overly calculated, as does her work in Reunion, as a daughter rediscovering her father (an unpretentious turn by Danny Goldring) after 20 years. Fortunately, something genuine seeps through when Caputo and Goldring are reunited in Dark Pony, another piece of father-daughter storytelling. Through 4/22: Sat 4/15, 8 PM, Thu 4/20, 7:30 PM, Sat 4/22, 2 PM, Goodman Theatre, 170 N. Dearborn, 312-443-3800, $15-$35, festival passes $70-$205 (does not include admission to The Revenge of the Space Pandas.

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