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When: Fridays, Saturdays. Continues through Jan. 23 2016

Each of the three plays that make up the 2015 edition of Pegasus Theatre Chicago’s annual festival of works by local high school students—Myka Buck’s Our Little Secret, Brian Hayes’s The Adventures of Ferb, and Keauna Pierce’s A Cup of Souls & One Grim Reaper, Please—contains moments of grace and inspiration that show why it was chosen from the 500-plus entries that flood this competition every year. Buck has a strong ear for dialogue, Hayes for high school social politics, and Pierce successfully turns an amusing comic premise (the Grim Reaper stops taking human souls) into a meditation on metaphysics and the afterlife. None of them indulges in the earnest, undramatic didacticism that sinks many young playwrights; all three are directed and performed by local professionals. —Jack Helbig

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