Completeness | Theater Wit | Theater & Performance | Chicago Reader
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When: Thursdays-Sundays. Continues through May 4 2013
Price: $18-$36
Brainiac grad students fall in love and talk each other's ears off in this long-winded romantic comedy by Itamar Moses. Computer whiz Elliot comes up with an algorithm to help Molly, a molecular biologist, better analyze yeast-culture data—and pretty soon they're investigating the problem of love with the same scientific rigor. Moses deserves credit for managing to find the entertainment value in protein-interaction networks, but his efforts to correlate the characters' research to their relationship often feel strained and schematic. Jeremy Wechsler's staging gets by on the charm and sharp comic timing of the cast, especially Andrew Jessop as Molly's tightly wound faculty advisor and gangly, boyish Matt Holzfeind as Elliot. Holzfeind is so likable it's easy to forget how shallow his role is. —Zac Thompson



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