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Shattered Globe Theatre apparently couldn't decide whether Peter Parnell's 1991 play about a closeted gay actor-director and the gossip columnist out to get him was a stylish noir thriller, a clever roman a clef packed with inside jokes, or a naturalistic, even didactic exploration of Hollywood hypocrisy. Sometimes the lines seem well-crafted zingers, other times fragments of realistic dialogue. Even more damaging to the effectiveness of this production is Steve Key's wooden performance in the lead role--and his tendency, on opening night at least, to stumble over his lines. Brian McCaskill is riveting, however, as the director's insanely ambitious nemesis, a Walter Winchell-esque columnist who clearly believes he must destroy Hollywood to save it. --Jack Helbig a Through 7/7: Thu-Sat 8 PM, Sun 3 PM, Victory Gardens Greenhouse Theater, 2257 N. Lincoln, 773-871-3000, $27-$35, industry shows Thu.

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