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Chris Garcia Peak's fractured fairy tale is set in a bleak dystopia where fascists have outlawed both kinds of gayness, homosexuality and frivolity, forcing an eccentric family to choose between marrying off a lesbian sibling or seeing her sent to conversion-therapy camp. Peak proves dexterous at mixing genres--satirical farce mingles with absurdism and pop culture references--and at coming up with irresistible ancillary characters, all played with precise wackiness by the young actors in Collision Theatre Company's inaugural production. What the play needs is editing: Peak pursues every flight of fancy no matter how tangential. Consequently the piece often sags as it slogs through its three-hour running time. Through 4/2: Thu-Sat 8 PM, Sun 3 PM, National Pastime Theater, 4139 N. Broadway, 312-281-8041, $10-$15.

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