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Computer Geek: One Nerd's Search for His Soulmate 

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In his one-man show, Apple Computer lecturer and consultant Scott Rose suggests Clay Aiken dressed by Gap for an afternoon special. With speech-team locution, Rose delivers a mawkish memoir of first loves (women and computers) and his evolving definitions of a soul mate. He wishes he could just "type his way" into a lover's heart, but even an Internet relationship ends badly. Director Richard Kline (a Northwestern alum best known as a neighbor, Larry, on Three's Company) helps craft a lively, well-paced show--some card tricks are genuinely entertaining. But he can't save this melodramatic search: like eHarmony.com, Rose never challenges the concept of a soul mate. This is a saccharine fantasy that leaves a cavity. Open run: Thu 8 PM, I.O., 3541 N. Clark, 773-880-0199, $14.

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