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The most interesting of the three new works on New Leaf Theatre's program is Nick Keenan's performance piece Lexicon: he has a sound designer's sensibilities, and his script/soundscape (delivered in voice-over) is ambitious, challenging, and entertaining if at times impenetrable. Three dancers perform Allison Kurtz's choreography, underlining the text's stream-of-consciousness observations. But at 50 minutes Lexicon is too long--we begin to rebel against its randomness, wanting to impose order. A static staging and dull performances mar Idris Goodwin's Close to Victory, a Behind the Music-style retrospective for a street slam poet. There's humor here, but the script doesn't say anything new. Laura Schellhardt's odd Inheritance, about a woman becoming part of a bathroom she's inherited, is amusing but needs fleshing out. Through 6/6: Thu-Fri 7:30 PM, Mon 7:30 PM. No show Mon 5/30. Lincoln Park Cultural Center, 2045 N. Lincoln Park West, 773-274-9026. $10.

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