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Save Me From Myself

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Bob Fisher's playwriting aesthetic owes a lot to the artifacts of his youth: comic books, Alfred Hitchcock's British suspense films, ultra-low-budget horror flicks, and everything else Frederick Wertham warned parents to keep their kids away from. But there's no denying that his continued entanglement in the throes of arrested adolescence can make for riveting theater: his best work with the Mammals finds a breezy medium between junk culture and theatrical ingenuity. Fisher's latest, Save Me From Myself (the second part of a projected noir trilogy that opened with last year's Breed With Me), follows a man with self-induced amnesia as he encounters a series of double-dealing ingenues and nattily dressed heavies. In light of the pains the script takes to set a hard-boiled tone, the play's macabre denouement is a bit of a bait and switch. Still, Fisher displays restraint even as the show plows into penny-dreadful territory; it's like Dario Argento putting flowers on the grave of Raymond Chandler. Opens Fri 12/3, 8 PM. Through 12/18: Fri-Sat 8 PM. Zoo Studio, 3729 N. Ravenswood, suite 138, 312-404-9931. Free. Then 1/7-1/8: Fri-Sat 8 PM. Zoo Studio, 3729 N. Ravenswood, suite 138, 312-404-9931. $15 (includes postshow party).

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