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Life Separates Us Free The Short List (Theater) Closing (Theater and Galleries)

When: Fridays-Sundays. Continues through Sept. 25 2011

Gathered in a Chicago church basement for group marital therapy, two preternaturally snarky, touchy, self-absorbed couples snipe, kvetch, and grandstand. Into their toxic midst comes a spacey, recently jilted stranger who insists he can't wake up from a dream. Sean Farrell seems to think that setting his play soon after the September 11 attacks gives his characters' circular gripefest psychological resonance. But all it suggests to me is that unprecedented tragedy doesn't turn uninteresting people interesting. Director Bill Ryan has a strong cast but has them play almost everything at a single, unvarying emotional pitch. --Justin Hayford

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