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When: Thursdays-Sundays. Continues through July 20 2014

Clare is a talented amateur chef capable of whipping up such marvels as pork belly foam (like cotton candy, enthuses a dinner guest, "but bacon!") in her little Brooklyn kitchen. Her sassy gay best friend, Ezra, keeps pushing her to go partners with him on an "inventive Mexican" food truck; yet, though she humors him, it's soon clear she's reluctant. Then it becomes clear that, for Clare, reluctance is kind of pathology. With Partners, which premiered at the Humana Festival earlier this year, playwright Dorothy Fortenberry has found her way into an interesting chamber of the human heart and painted the walls in bright, contemporary wit. But she's also overfurnished it, introducing lots of poetic gimcracks—Clare's immaturity, for instance, suggested by a case of acne—that ultimately just clutter things up. Similarly, Kendra Miller's staging for LiveWire Chicago Theatre offers engaging performances (particularly by Will Von Vogt as Ezra) while never getting a handle on what a mess Clare (played by Lauren Pizzi) really is. —Tony Adler

Price: $25, $20 for students and seniors

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