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Shepsu Aakhu's drama about facing a hurricane gains resonance from the fact that people in Katrina's path actually experienced such worry, sadness, guilt, and grief. But simply jogging our memories of the 2005 disaster isn't enough--this MPAACT Theatre production creates only a gentle lapping of emotion, not a strong wave. Aakhu's play never builds momentum, combining jumps through time that slowly reveal the characters' stories of heartache and loss with forays into the spirit world. The ensemble's live singing adds energy and hopefulness, but director Mignon McPherson Nance's unfocused staging doesn't give enough shape to the script's meandering ruminations on family, faith, and fortitude of spirit. --Jenn Goddu a Through 6/10: Thu-Fri 8:30 PM, Sat 8 PM, Sun 3:30 PM, Victory Gardens Greenhouse Theater, 2257 N. Lincoln, 773-871-3000, $19.50-$22.50.

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