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Though Eric Pfeffinger's world-premiere satire on homeland security and paranoia is slow to catch fire in Kimberly Senior's staging for Noble Fool Theatricals, ultimately it proves a sly treat. The first act approaches sitcom territory, as a high-energy operative for the feds (Kathleen Logelin) and her slacker husband (John Gawlik) alternately bicker and bond over their attempts to eradicate a wee rodent (an adorable Debra Ann Miller) who's taken up residence in their home. But the second act--which introduces their Disney-obsessed neighbors--enters Christopher Durang territory and adds more than a touch of Jules Feiffer's dystopias. It turns out that pretty-in-pink Joan (Niki Prugh) and her husband of possibly "suspicious" ethnic origin (Nick Choksi) aren't what they appear. Pfeffinger's point isn't exactly new, but the skillful ensemble brings out his dark cynicism. Through 11/6: Wed-Fri 8 PM, Sat 4:30 and 9 PM, Sun 2 PM. Pheasant Run Resort & Spa, 4051 E. Main (Rte. 64), Saint Charles, 630-584-6342. $25-$35; dinner-show packages available.

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