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When: Thursdays-Sundays. Continues through Feb. 21 2010

In this 1984 play written before Moonstruck made him a household name, John Patrick Shanley takes the central premises of Sartre's No Exit (unhappy people trapped in a room) and O'Neill's The Iceman Cometh (bar talk as free-form group therapy) and creates an intense, street-smart one-act examining the lives of five 32-year-old working-class losers. Packed with Shanley's trademark dialogue--real and invented slang twisted together to form a kind of urban poetry--the piece lives or dies on the acting. Here, it lives. The cast of Jacque Lueken's revival throw their hearts and souls into their performances, making even Shanley's minor lines sing and grabbing hold from the first moment of the play, when the title character (brilliantly played by Chris Conley) comes rolling into the bar, until the final curtain. --Jack Helbig

Price: $15-$20

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