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A dramatic presentation of poems anthologized by the National Association for Poetry Therapy after the September 11 bombings might easily have delivered nothing more than a good 45-minute cry. But Smoke & Mirror Productions rages at the dying of the light in this adaptation by Nick Jones and Peter Anderson. Using movement, baroque music, and a few abstract sculptures, seven performers conjure vivid pictures. Their protest reaches its climax with many voices clamoring a single line from William Stafford's "For My Young Friends Who Are Afraid," after which Lucille Clifton's "New Bones" hints at a better future. Through 9/4: Fri-Sun 8 PM. Loyola University Chicago, Mertz Hall, studio theater, 1125 W. Loyola, 312-409-1000. $10-$12; industry nights Sun.

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