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Charles L. Mee's thinking farce explores love's twin tensions of freedom and faithfulness, the psychology of suicide, and our foolish search for security. The story involves yet another fractured family enduring a dysfunctional holiday, as a young couple spends Christmas with the guy's parents, each of whom has a partner along. Chris Pomeroy's staging--a Chicago premiere by the Reverie Theatre Company--is more real than the script, which includes Mee's often irritating trademarks: analytical dialogue in the form of debate, quote collages, repetition for effect, and random temper tantrums, door slamming, and group dances. Despite the chronic speechifying, Steven Eheart and Ashely Bagot are charming as the young couple. Through 12/18: Thu-Sat 8:15 PM, Sun 3:15 PM. No show Thu 11/24. Live Bait Theater, 3914 N. Clark, 312-409-6501. $15-$20; two for one Sun 11/20-11/27; industry shows Thu and Sun.

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