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When: Fridays-Sundays. Continues through April 30 2016

Factory Theater christens its scrappy/lovely new Rogers Park home with Ernie Deak’s scrappy/lovely new play about a pair of brassy former lady wrestlers sinking eyeballs deep into an overblown two-bit mobster misadventure. In typical Factory fashion, Deak’s story is steeped in trashiness and cliche, expertly complemented by fight choreographer Anthony Tournis’s cheeseball wrestling moves and costume designer Rachel Sypniewski’s jaw-droppingly awful (and accurate) late-70s duds. But Deak’s trashiness is never cheap; his intricate, compelling story is populated by ingeniously idiosyncratic stereotypes and has a subtle, powerful feminist streak. Director Manny Tamayo maintains a brisk pace throughout the 75 minutes of sparkling mayhem, but the show still has a few empty patches, and Deak’s ending is singularly disappointing. It's the cast’s ferocious precision that ultimately carries the evening. —Justin Hayford

Price: $25, $18 students and seniors

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