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The Homage That Follows

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The protagonist in Mark Medoff's intelligent drama about fame and family is a widow who refuses to connect with other people. Catherine is a charismatic teacher grown weary of the world who first withdraws from the classroom. Later, her husband's death increases her longing for isolation. Yet her interactions with other characters must propel the story--a challenge that proves too difficult for the Infamous Commonwealth Theatre. John Wilson's star-shaped set is too obviously symbolic and consumes too much space. And Franette Liebow gets off to such a slow start as Catherine it's difficult to empathize with her plight. Jason Kae's direction remains on a numbingly even keel. Only Erica Peregrine's fine performance as Catherine's wounded yet evolving TV-star daughter truly engages. --Jenn Goddu a Through 3/25: Thu-Fri 7:30 PM, Sat 2 and 7:30 PM, Sun 3 PM, Storefront Theater, Gallery 37 Center for the Arts, 66 E. Randolph, 312-742-8497, $10-$15.

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