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This debut show is not the one that Set a Spell Productions and Maryaska Productions planned. When they abruptly lost the rights to a script they'd worked on for almost a year, the five performers created this series of bittersweet scenes about young Chicago actors "not quite making it." These autobiographical bits dealing with scheduling snafus, greedy agents, waiting on boors, and predatory directors could easily have succumbed to navel-gazing and in-jokes. But instead, as shaped by director Gregory Peters, they're lacerating. The show's 100 minutes could come across as one long audition, and in some ways these resilient performers are reinventing the wheel with their familiar tales. But they do it with immediacy and spontaneity . --Lawrence Bommer a Through 2/11: Thu-Sat 8 PM, Sun 3 PM, City Lit Theater Company, 1020 W. Bryn Mawr, 773-991-1341, $10-$18.

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