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Seeing all six of the one-acts in George F. Walker's "Suburban Motel" cycle might make some of his themes fall into place. But there's no connection between the two plays here except for the shared setting, a motel room, and the generous talents of the Famous Door Theatre Company ensemble. A major stumbling block with both one-acts is that the characters explain themselves to death, literally in one case. Deliciously dry turns by Steve Walker as an alcoholic beat cop and Molly Glynn as a dysfunctional defense attorney elevate Adult Entertainment above the Law & Order procedural. But things get a bit murkier in Criminal Genius, which reverses its own premise near the end. What follows is an arch exploration--featuring the reliable Larry Neumann Jr. in full deadpan mode--of exactly how awkward things can get before they become funny again. Nonetheless the play feels like a cheat. Through 6/12: Thu-Sat 7:30 PM, Sun 2:30 PM. Victory Gardens Theater, second-floor main stage, 2257 N. Lincoln, 773-871-3000. $20-$35.

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