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Wendy Macleod's serious, smart comedy updates the medieval morality play to contemporary San Francisco. Our Everywoman is Avery Bly, a traffic reporter who spends her days in a helicopter, watching other people's car wrecks and bottlenecks from on high. When Doom comes to town in the form of the 1989 earthquake, Avery encounters the Seven Deadly Sins disguised as friends, relatives, would-be lovers, and coworkers. And so confronts herself. The play's episodic structure demands strong--even, at times, savage--performances to keep it moving. A vivid Avery is especially important. But the best we get from this Easy Street Players production, directed by Mollie Dinstbier and Stacey Jowett, is merely amiable. Consequently things start dragging after a while, despite Macleod's wit. --Tony Adler a Through 1/13: Thu-Fri 8 PM, Sat 3 and 8 PM, Athenaeum Theatre, first-floor studio theater, 2936 N. Southport, 312-902-1500, $12-$17.

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