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[Im]Propriety

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Rogue Theater opens their new Andersonville space with a quartet of short plays by men about women breaking free of domestic traditions. J.M. Barrie's waspish chamber comedy about an ex-wife-turned-typist meeting her soon-to-be-knighted former husband, The Twelve Pound Look, is the sole gem, bolstered by the thoughtful performances of Victoria Kallay and Ryan McCabe. The two Tennessee Williams pieces, The Case of the Crushed Petunias and Adam and Eve on a Ferry, suggest that wild phallic energy alone unleashes women's passions--passions that are not apparent in the uncertain performances of Ashley Blake and Allison M. Weiss. A.R. Gurney's absurdist comedy, The Problem, twists marital gamesmanship into pretzels that lack the chewy saltiness of Harold Pinter's similar, but greatly superior, The Lover. Through 8/19: Thu-Sat 8 PM, Sun 3 PM, Rogue Theater Company, 5123 N. Clark, 773-561-5893. $12-$15, industry shows Thu.

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