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When: Thursdays. Continues through Aug. 12 2010

Jim Fath, Paul Thomas, Jet Eveleth, and Paul Brittain are using a slot at iO to hone one- and--in the case of Eveleth and Brittain--two-person shows. Fath's Arguing with a Quadriplegic blends character monologues and personal narratives, with mixed results. At the show I saw, promising pieces about Fath’s Catholic upbringing and the titular argument--an audition gone horribly wrong--fell prey to asides and repetition. Still, Fath's deadpan humor kept even the ungainliest scenes moving along. Thomas's Comedogenic fared better, with crisp, punchy scene work involving unexpectedly tragic figures such as a sad-sack pedophile and a guy so desperate to impress a girl he feigns bitter racism. Thomas bestows clever writing and supreme character commitment on each scene. Eveleth was out of town on the night I attended, so Brittain performed solo. But both are strong comics, and their work together warrants a gander. --Steve Heisler

Price: $12

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