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An anxiety-ridden painter whose career is in sharp decline finds refuge in a mental hospital. Afraid she'll be forced out, she pretends to think that she's baseball player Darryl Strawberry. This almost joyful play is a departure for Rebecca Gilman, exploring what success means for midcareer artists of any stripe. As directed by Nathaniel Swift for Eclipse Theatre Company, it's funny, interesting, clever, and usually well served by the ensemble, especially Janelle Snow, who seesaws believably between high-strung artist and cocky ballplayer. Though the cast seems lost at first in Mike Winkelman's abstract set, and Victoria DeIorio's puzzling sound design is intrusive, by the end none of this matters because the story's so riveting. Through 4/23: Thu-Sat 7:30 PM, Sun 2:30 PM, Victory Gardens Theater, second-floor main stage, 2257 N. Lincoln, 773-871-3000, $18-$22, $30 Thu 3/30 (includes discussion and refreshments), industry night Fri 3/24.

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