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Two women who grew up with an alcoholic parent find the humor in dark times in this 75-minute double bill by the Box Theatre Group. Meg Graves opens with a short tragicomic monologue, Something in the Way, about martinis, music, and her mother. Graves's biting observations are amusing and affecting if a bit repetitive. A high-energy Kelsie Huff then takes us to her grandfather's funeral in small-town Illinois in Huffs, a monologue well served by her unique perspective, vivid imagination, and willingness to embarrass herself. Still, the scenes end abruptly, making the shifts back and forth between hard reality and hilarity more jarring. The women's memories aren't always sunny, but they deliver some hearty laughs along with the bitterness and guilt. Opens Fri 3/3, 8:30 PM. Through 3/25: Fri-Sat 8:30 PM, Royal George Theatre Center, 1641 N. Halsted, 312-988-9000, $15.

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