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Stage Combat

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Frenchman Victor Haim's play sending up the affectations of theater intellectuals and the divas who love them must have been a laugh riot in Paris, where the existential poseur was invented and "deconstruction" is a punch line. But translator-director Jack Trahey resets the piece in Chicago, which leaves it culturally adrift. What remains in this Piccolo Theatre production is a tedious encounter between two women, an actress and a director-playwright, former lovers with nothing but contempt for each other and nothing interesting to say about it. Courtney L.H. Baros and Deborah Craft are neither stagy enough to make their characters comical nor genuine enough to make them touching. Through 10/29: Fri-Sat 8 PM, Sun 3 PM. Evanston Arts Depot, 600 Main, Evanston, 847-424-0089. $15-$20.

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