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White Hot Black Comedy

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It's interesting that this new play--the inaugural production of We'll Show Them Theater--opened the same weekend that Crash scored its Oscar upset. Compared to the ponderously meaningful film, Cate Plys and Carly Figliulo's comedy about five female friends hanging out at a Michigan cottage and confronting lots of racial and sexual stereotypes is refreshingly un-PC: those looking to be offended won't be disappointed. But, like Crash, the play often feels contrived, relying on coincidence to advance the sometimes grim subplot. Though the writers claim to have based the characters on real-life friends, the relationships feel underdeveloped, and Marissa McKown's staging doesn't bridge the script's gaps between melodramatic Special Moments and frequently hilarious trash talk. Through 4/23: Fri 8 PM, Sat 6 and 8:30 PM, Sun 2 PM, Athenaeum Theatre, second-floor studio, 2936 N. Southport, 312-902-1500, $18-$22.

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