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The Chopin Playoffs



With its plodding pace and amateurish acting, Chicago Jewish Theatre's local premiere of Israel Horovitz's play is reminiscent of a beginning pianist plinking his way through "Chopsticks." The third installment in Horovitz's trilogy about Jewish boys coming of age is ostensibly a comedy, but directors Elayne and Brian LeTraunik give us little cause to laugh as teen neighbors compete in a piano contest and for the heart of a non-Jewish girl. Brian LeTraunik, script in hand, had to step in for the injured Sean Dolan in the central role, but it's unlikely having Dolan there would have made much difference. He would still have been part of a listless ensemble trudging through two hours without grace or feeling. Through 2/19: Thu and Sat 8 PM, Sun 2 and 7 PM, Red Hen Productions, Kenneth LeTraunik Theatre, 5123 N. Clark, 773-728-0599, $20-25.

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