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Evolution 

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In Jonathan Marc Sherman's witty but contrived comedy, a cloistered Harvard grad student--so illiterate in pop culture he's never seen Star Wars or Sesame Street--becomes an "untainted" new talent in Hollywood. Encouraged by his girlfriend's speed freak brother, he pitches a TV series about Darwin and evolution--and ends up writing a hit sitcom about Adam and Eve ("first boy meets first girl"). Sherman's dialogue is clever, as is MOB Productions' staging, which frames the action with a tower of television screens and introduces scenes with the "chung chung" sound cue from Law & Order. But the play's shallow satiric premise (commercial TV is dumb--duh!) would be better suited to a short sketch than a 90-minute one-act. --Albert Williams a Through 9/16: Thu-Sat 8:30 PM, Sun 3:30 PM, Victory Gardens Greenhouse Theater, 2257 N. Lincoln, 773-871-3000, $16.

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