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Dealer's Choice 

Patrick Marber's taut, generous British drama is fertile ground for both kinetic ensemble work and bravura solo turns, opportunities that Shattered Globe Theatre fully exploits. Six poker players, whether sharks or marks, reveal more than their hands in Steve Scott's crackling revival, a visceral look at the psychology of losing and the loneliness of victory. Anchored by Kevin Hagan's elaborately detailed sets, the action ratchets up to a game whose stakes are nothing less than a man's emotional custody of his son. Doug McDade gives the father an unforced wisdom and reflexive decency, but the performances that linger are the portrayals of contagious desperation, especially Raymond L. Chapman's as a manic schemer. Through 5/14: Thu-Sat 8 PM, Sun 3 PM, Victory Gardens Theater, second-floor studio, 2257 N. Lincoln, 773-871-3000, $26-$35.

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