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Long Day's Journey Into Night 

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It's not quite a long night's journey into boredom, but Clayton J. Horath's revival for Collage Productions does lengthen out the play's inactive action. Performed in the cramped entry hall of a 1910 mansion, meant to evoke the 1912 cottage where Eugene O'Neill set his family tragedy, this Journey sure looks the claustrophobic part but suffers from poor sight lines and acoustics, not helped by actors' poor projection. Often inaudible in her character's morphine haze, Barbara Button is ghostlike as the mother, while Jeff Helgeson as the recriminating dad isn't large enough to be a nightmare, reciting when he isn't roaring, and Jeff McVann drowns the inebriated elder brother in enervation. The standout is Paul Perroni as pent-up Edmund, dying but down-to-earth. Through 11/20: Fri-Sat 8 PM, Sun 2 PM. North Lakeside Cultural Center, 6219 N. Sheridan, 773-764-0353 $10-$15.

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