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Plastic Surgery or a Really Good Haircut?

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Syndicated Sylvia cartoonist Nicole Hollander turns semiconfessional monologuist in this hour-long Fillet of Solo Festival premiere. The premise is that she's imagining scenes she'll write for a memoir, which she insists will include stories about drugs and sex with musicians. Her longest story concerns preparing for her first sexual encounter in 14 years, which requires getting estrogen cream, a new vibrator, and a high sign from her gynecologist. Director Sharon Evans wisely keeps stage business to a minimum so Hollander can focus on storytelling. But she seems uncomfortable onstage, often staring at the floor while searching for her next line, forgetting to create a coherent persona. Ultimately her anecdotes don't coalesce into a meaningful whole. Through 7/15: Fri-Sat 8 PM. Then Fri-Sat 8/4-8/5, 8 PM. Live Bait Theater, 3914 N. Clark, 773-871-1212, $15.

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