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When: Fridays, Saturdays. Continues through Dec. 1 2012

Ike Holter attracted big attention last winter, when his play about the 1969 Stonewall riots, Hit the Wall, debuted as part of Steppenwolf Theatre's Garage Rep. Full of vivid characters smoothly orchestrated, the show whetted a lot of appetites for what Holter might do next. Well, here's something to chew on. A conspiracy/horror story in the black-helicopters vein, Loom might resemble Tracy Letts's Bug if it were a little better thought out. We meet three old pals—Joss, Anderson, and Rian—who've assembled in a remote (I mean, really, really isolated) cabin to commemorate the traumatic event that took place there exactly ten years ago tonight. Joss, who's spent the intervening years taking meds, has a theory to share. The narrative is a flimsy goof. Yet Holter makes it funny and not a little bit compelling. I laughed, I was appropriately creeped out. So, yes, it's confirmed: Holter's got talent. He's also got a sharp cast in this Nothing Without a Company production craftily directed by Brea Hayes.—Tony Adler

Price: $10

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