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La Bella Vita



First-time playwright Charles Berg depicts one very busy night in the very busy lives of the waitstaff at a very busy restaurant. A lot happens in the break room where the play is set--hooking up, breaking up, toking up, and so on. But recounting a string of incidents isn't quite the same as telling a story. EP Theater's production has a nice swirling ambience, and Berg makes some amusing observations on the ways people approach sex; he's especially good on both the absurdity and the attraction of male cockiness. But ultimately the strands of busyness fail to cohere, and instead of establishing a satisfying arc, the play dissolves into a mist. Through 2/12: Fri-Sat 8 PM, Sun 7 PM, EP Theater, 1820 S. Halsted, 312-850-4299, $10-$15.

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