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It's 1999 and 37-year-old Katie's spending a day in the Irish countryside with her mother, Triona, and grandmother Cat. Only not really. Cat's dead and Triona's impossible, so Katie's communing with their younger selves--who turn out to be no less difficult for being phantasms. Caught in 1964 at 30, Triona's a withholding priss, while the 1932 Cat is a boy-crazy 20-year-old with carefully defended delusions. They gather around Clough-a-Regan--a stone shaped like an epic hard-on--to talk men, babies, alienation, and womanly fortitude. Hugh Leonard's play is a challenge, demanding performances that span multiple psychic time zones. Charles Gerace's Irish Repertory production can't manage it. The biggest problem is Erin Myers's Triona: lacking edge, she makes the whole show blurry. Through 7/2: Wed-Fri 8:30 PM, Sat 5:30 PM, Sun 3:30 PM, Victory Gardens Theater, first-floor studio, 2257 N. Lincoln, 773-871-3000, $34-$38.

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