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In Keith Huff's original, ambitious new one-act, two University of Chicago undergrads learn to love, leave, and lash out. As they flirt, then fall for each other, they cite Socrates, bash Milton Friedman, and ruminate on free will and determinism. But ultimately their romance lacks credibility because the story is riddled with extreme occurrences and circumstances: mental illness, violent crime, unwanted pregnancy, and other hard-hitting stuff. The drama doesn't so much build as pile up. Though Huff delivers high-caliber dialogue, and Scott Stangland and Anna Carini's performances in Anna C. Bahow's staging for Premiere Theatre & Performance are good, we can't get caught up in a story that feels so over-the-top. --Jenn Goddu a Through 3/31: Fri 8 PM, Sat 6 and 9 PM, Peter Jones Gallery, 1806 W. Cuyler, 773-250-7055, $12-$15, $25 Sun 3/25 (includes postshow reception).

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