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Digging: An Exploration of the Roots of Conflict

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The new Upstart Theatre Group's ensemble-created hour-long performance collage explores human competition and cooperation. Directed by Courtney Davis and Ian Hannan, the piece has some clever and evocative moments: in one humorous interlude, someone enamored of her red rubber ball decides, in the spirit of the old poster, to set the thing she loves free. It also has a fair number of hoary observations--territorialism can lead to violent conflict, we mate with those we find attractive, etc. Even some of these, however, are presented in a warm, witty way, like a Dating Game-style competition between different species (all played with winning zeal) where the audience gets to choose the champ. The seven ensemble members exhibit laudable rapport and commitment, though ultimately they can't quite lift the piece above the level of an undergraduate performance seminar. 5/6-5/8: Fri 8 PM, Sat 9 PM, Sun 6 PM. Then through 5/22: Fri-Sat 8 PM, Sun 6 PM. Spareroom, 2416 W. North, 773-271-2766. $10.

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