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In her one-woman show Courtney Berne says that the experiences of the women she's met as a surgical assistant at an abortion clinic have stuck with her. But they don't stay with us very long after this 50-minute evening of monologues ends. The clinic patients fall mostly into one of three camps: overwhelmed teen, rape victim, or smug liberal. Jemma Alix Levy's staging for Pegasus Productions does little to help Berne focus her work, and the characters are insufficiently differentiated vocally and physically. The most interesting perspectives come from an abortion doctor and a Jane member, but regrettably their input is via grainy video. Overall these trite prochoice "stories from an abortion clinic" are too underdeveloped to generate empathy. --Jenn Goddu a Through 2/25: Wed 8 PM, Sun 7 PM, Prop Thtr, 3502 N. Elston, 773-539-7838, $15.


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