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Sextet: An Evening of One-Acts

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Even good one-acts can't sustain a three-hour evening, and mostly these aren't. Buried among Wilson's cliched writing exercises, presented as overwrought acting exercises by the Eclipse Theatre Company, is the brilliant The Moonshot Tape. CeCe Klinger gives a masterful performance, and Steve Scott directs with the delicacy necessary to address the well-worn subject of sexual abuse without producing audience stupefaction or eye rolling. The other five plays, which all feature adolescent sniggering about sex, range from dreadful to mediocre. This Is the Rill Speaking, Wilson's homage to Our Town set in the south, proves he's no Thornton Wilder. And does anybody really need The Madness of Lady Bright, yet another heart wrencher about an aging queen losing his mind? Through 9/11: Thu-Sat 8 PM, Sun 3 PM. Victory Gardens Theater, second-floor studio, 2257 N. Lincoln, 773-871-3000. $16-$22.

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