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When: Thursdays-Sundays. Continues through May 1 2011

Did an envious Seattle rocker murder Kurt Cobain? And was the crime witnessed--perhaps even abetted--by the young woman whose real-life kidnapping, rape, and torture Cobain wrote about in the song "Polly"? These questions provide the MacGuffin on which Chicago playwright Randall Colburn hangs his smart, creepy, affecting script. Scenes from Polly's ordeal punctuate a story set decades later, when a callow young musician draws her into a campaign to investigate Cobain's death. Directed by Kyra Lewandowski, Tympanic Theatre's stripped-down, intense production features sharp, nuanced performances throughout. Victoria Gilbert is riveting as Polly, Jon Penick endlessly likable as her friend, and Neal Starbird eerily sweet as her tormentor. --Dan Weissmann

Price: $12-$15

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