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It's easy to tag Sam Shepard's 1983 play as self-parody, but if you ask me Shepard has trafficked in the stuff for most of his career. As with fellow icon Tennessee Williams, a melodrama-bordering-on-camp approach can thus, paradoxically, be key to finding the cold truths amid the overheated mythemes and supercharged dialogue of his idiom. Here director Ronan Marra plays it fairly straight, a poor strategy given the remarkably flimsy script. An unnuanced performance and shaky accent from Simone Roos as female lead May doesn't help, and oddities of dialect mar a couple castmates' turns too. Aaron Snook does much better as May's brother-lover Eddie; his stylized but credible take should guide the rest.--Brian Nemtusak a Through 9/2: Thu-Sat 8 PM, Sun 3 PM, Chopin Theatre, 1543 W. Division, 773-347-1350, $15-$20.

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