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Edward Albee's 1991 play sounds awfully complicated. Act one: a rich, very old invalid ping-pongs between senile reminiscence, sharp-tongued lucidity, and incontinence before falling into a coma triggered by the memory of something her husband once did with his "pee-pee." Act two: she splits into three selves--youthful, middle-aged, and old--to look at her life as her son visits her deathbed. The intricacies multiply when you know that the son is Albee himself. But in performance all dramaturgical issues somehow fall away and the script unfolds with the simplicity, resonance, and wisdom of a medieval pageant. Director Brian Russell taps into Albee's brilliant formal scheme but can't find another crucial element: fury. These three tall women are far too nice. Through 5/21: Wed-Thu 7:30 PM, Fri 8 PM, Sat 5 and 8:30 PM, Sun 5/7, 3 PM, Sun 5/14, 7 PM, Sun 5/21, 3 and 7 PM, Apple Tree Theatre, 595 Elm, Highland Park, 847-432-4335, $35-$45.

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