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Big Picture Group's multimedia performance piece aims to explore the obsessions and communication breakdowns inherent in contemporary romantic relationships--relationships also tainted by consumerism and Photoshopped media imagery. But writer-director Andrew Schneider's aphoristic dialogue and cliched stage pictures seldom rise above the level of a perfume ad. Schneider seems to feel disdain for the desire to be entertained, but honestly, who wants to stay in a relationship with someone who's boring? Plucky performers Allan Aquino and Sally Bell fully commit to their roles, but their delivery often slides into the static drone parodied as a staple of performance poetry. Clunky scene changes between vignettes further sap whatever energy the show musters. Through 1/29: Thu-Sat 8:15 PM, Sun 5 PM, Live Bait Theater, 3914 N. Clark, 847-297-5285, $10-$15.

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