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The Bruised Orange Theater Company expects too much, asking audiences to show up three times to see all of Clint Sheffer's episodic play--especially when the first installment is so uninspiring. The characters in this work about people forming a theater company all have their distinctive tics. But as directed by Mark Spence, the opening hour is vague and drawn out, merely introducing an egotistical playwright and his many love interests, among them a high-strung new helpmate (Caren Evers, delivering much-needed energy) and two old flames: the cofounder financing the venture (a charismatic Alison Connelly) and an anxious actress who instantly draws the attention of a kind, awkward actor. Sheffer's concept is creative, but it won't work if he can't generate enough interest for audiences to return for future episodes. Through 6/6: Mon 8 PM. Episode one runs 4/11-4/25; episode two 5/2-5/30. On 6/6, both episodes are performed together, along with a third. National Pastime Theater, 4139 N. Broadway, 773-329-1088. $10-$12.

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