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When: Thursdays-Sundays. Continues through Feb. 12 2017

Sean Kelly's new fantasy posits a magical "anyverse" (as opposed to the stupid old universe) that apparently connects to our world through the Chicago Public Library. Falling asleep there one evening, a librarian's young daughter, Jane, finds her soul mate—a creature of indeterminate substance called Dewey—in that alternate dimension. But the evil Sandman blocks their (creepily presexual) union and dooms Jane to spend her next 20 years in that phobic lockdown called regular life. Though Kelly's script throws off sparks of sly, strange comedy, its bouts of serious message making ("Our souls aren't in our bodies, our bodies are in our souls, so what's there to be afraid of?") feel like excerpts from a Scientology kids' show. Both the tale and Krissy Vanderwarker's wildly erratic New Colony staging fall apart before their 80 minutes are up, despite the much-appreciated efforts of Morgan McNaught and Michael Peters to make something viable of their supporting roles. —Tony Adler

Price: $20

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