Young Playwrights Festival Closing (Theater and Galleries) New Review (Theater and Comedy) The Short List (Theater)

When: Thursdays-Sundays. Continues through Feb. 1 2009

Pegasus Players' 23rd annual showcase of one-acts by Chicago high school students manages to feel fresh even when it's stale. Consisting of the three winning entries in a playwriting contest, the evening has an infectious, yearning energy that more than compensates for occasional cliches in the writing. In "The Bench" by Jihad Kheperu, a park bench serves as point-of-rendezvous for three couples facing long odds. Vincent del Toral contributes "Dine 'n' Hash," a genuinely funny farce about a hectic family dinner. And Raina Sun's "Where We Have Been," the best of the lot, portrays a mismatched pair of lovers (dreamer and pragmatist) with precision and gentle sadness. Ably performed by a cast of adults, the trio make for an altogether encouraging night of theater. --Zac Thompson

Price: $12

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