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The Intelligent Design of Jenny Chow


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If you've got meds, take 'em. As rendered by Jennifer Shin, the protagonist of Rolin Jones's 2004 melo-comedy is a contagious mess of tics, outbursts, and generally freneticized anxiety. Shin plays Jennifer Marcus, a 22-year-old robotics whiz with OCD so severe she can't step out the front door of her adoptive parents' California home. Which naturally puts a crimp in her plan to find her birth mother in China. Her solution: build "Jenny Chow," a lifelike android capable of making the trip. Jones earned an MFA from Yale, and his script reflects the goofy/profound aesthetic that's lately become a signature of graduate playwriting programs. He makes good use of that aesthetic here, however, and so does Cecilie Keenan's entertainingly jangly Collaboraction production. --Tony Adler a Through 4/1: Thu-Sat 8 PM, Sun 2 PM, Chicago Dramatists, 1105 W. Chicago, 312-226-9633, $18-$25.

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