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This pseudoconfessional pseudopsychodrama is a bit of a puzzler. Edmund De Santis's coming-of-age gay narrative is overfamiliar and chock-full of stereotypes, and it sports an off-key ending that blurs the line between affecting and annoying. But its genuine if pat emotional center mostly holds up thanks to the piece's breezy momentum, and it's so generally accessible and entertaining that it's pretty hard to dislike. Credit De Santis's way with dialogue--particularly in scenes involving Peter's working-class lover and just widowed father--and uniformly superb acting by the Theatre Entropy ensemble for making this play way more watchable than it probably should be. Through 12/3: Thu-Sat 8 PM, Sun 7 PM. Live Bait Theater, 3914 N. Clark, 773-505-6766. $12-$15; industry nights Sat-Sun 11/26-11/27.

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