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When: Fridays-Sundays. Continues through May 28 2017

In Douglas Post's new comedy, a career philosophy student procrastinates on his dissertation for an eighth year by accepting a maintenance job in the "real world," namely a Lake Shore Drive high-rise condo. Unsurprisingly, his blue-collar tourism doesn't sit well with the committed lifers on staff, whose expertise has long been undervalued by the higher-ups. Scott Westerman's City Lit Theatre production is at its most fun when it gives insight into the inner workings of the business, particularly its awkward positioning between office and residential life. Alongside a broad B story about a building manager prepared to go full-blown Gloria (more literally than is comfortable in an otherwise light whodunit yarn), a more perfunctory romance narrative pumps the brakes on the comedy throughout. —Dan Jakes

Price: $32, $27 seniors, $12 students and military

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