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History of a Handgun 

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Written and directed by Bruised Orange Theater Company artistic director Clint Sheffer, this unfocused, seldom funny dark comedy about a corrupt small town would have been much more successful with fewer story lines and a coherent, complete narrative. Sheffer tosses in so much--including a pointless, sensational subplot about finding the killer of two locals--that we stop caring about his characters. He does have an ear for convincing dialogue, however, and there's some strong acting, especially by the women. Tiffany Bedwell is particularly good as a young idealist trying to find her feet when the authority figures around her are losing their heads. Still, the script's weaknesses easily overwhelm the production's strengths. Through 7/30: Fri-Sat 8 PM, Sun 7 PM, Strawdog Theatre Company, 3829 N. Broadway, 773-588-0560, $15-$20.

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