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A Rosen by Any Other Name 

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Israel Horovitz's adaptation of a Morley Torgov short story barely pushes beyond the point of transcription. And it's curious there's no mention of Torgov in Chicago Jewish Theatre's program notes for A Rosen by Any Other Name, the second in a trilogy of plays set in the Canadian city of Sault Sainte Marie. Questions of ownership aside, the script is light-years beyond Neil Simon's revoltingly sentimental attempts to depict the Jewish experience in North America during World War II. This production avoids the usual museum trappings with a tight staging full of light, gentle touches, and the performances are as openhearted, if shticky, as the script. Young actor Andrew Behling admirably carries the role of the protagonist, a beleaguered bar mitzvah hopeful whose alienation from his family seems ripped straight from an Ingmar Bergman film. Through 10/31: Thu 8 PM, Sat 8 PM, Sun 2 and 7 PM. Red Hen Productions, Kenneth LeTraunik Theatre, 5123 N. Clark, 773-728-0599. $25.

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