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The Dream Eaters (An Evening of Solo Performance)


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The Box Theatre Group's program of seven monologues is uneven, with performances ranging from the overwrought to the timid. But few pieces are painful, and many are humorous despite the show's subject: bad dreams. Among the gems are Kelsie Huff's touching, funny Troop 420, in which she relives a torturous Girl Scout experience, and Rachel Kuhn's deliciously circuitous metamonologue How Are You?, in which she's periodically distracted by tape-recorded questions while trying to tell a story and ends up with a wry, seemingly inadvertent essay on self-reflection. All the writer-performers make themselves admirably vulnerable, whether they're dumping Kool-Aid or Froot Loops on themselves or revealing how very, very bitchy women can be. Through 8/19: Fri-Sat 7:30 PM. Neo-Futurarium, 5153 N. Ashland (second floor), 773-509-2910. $10-$12.

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