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Chris Riter and the GreyZelda Theatre Group based their dark new play on the legend of a woman, Fanny Hooe, who disappeared in 1846 while visiting her sister at an isolated military base guarding a copper mine in the Upper Peninsula. Part ghost story and part psychodrama, the tale is told by all five main characters, each of whom has a different point of view. That may sound compelling, but it isn't--precisely because most of the story is told, not shown. The actors are crushed under the burden of all the unrealistic, weighty talk. The young GreyZelda ensemble do fine work, and director Rebecca Zellar is very good: the wordless, dancelike prologue, epilogue, and scene transitions are emotionally evocative, and she moves the actors about the stage as swiftly and intriguingly as the script allows. Through 7/3: Thu-Sun 8 PM. Stage Left Theatre, 3408 N. Sheffield, 773-267-6293. $10-$15.

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