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Two-Penny Hangover and Other Stories, LID Productions, at the Side Studio. This hour-long late-night show of 12 playlets delivers just the kind of snack suitable to a past-your-bedtime entertainment. Like tapas, the sketches are served in easily digestible portions, and they're provocative without being taxing. This collaborative effort by a company of twentysomethings, with pieces written by Tom Herman, Adam Moe, and M.T. Cozzola, derives primarily from the Piven-Second City-Columbia College schools of theater; the sketches range from physical comedy to high-concept abstraction.

You can almost see the wheels turning as the cleverest kids in class come up with what feels like a workshop in existential improv. Due to a formality, a couple fated to be together are able to decline their destiny. A dispute with a waitress about broccoli offers a twist on a famous scene from Five Easy Pieces. And two hapless turn-of-the-century business partners find themselves in a two-penny hangover, where men pay two cents to sleep off a drunk while sitting on a bench, flopped over a rope. B.J. Moore and Matthew Albinak deliver particularly enjoyable upbeat performances, and Laura Lonigro glowers persuasively.

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