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There's a story here, about adultery and murder in academia. But playwright Carlos Murillo isn't interested in it for its own sake. He uses it, partly, as a way to illustrate how ambitious, media-savvy people--from a pair of screenwriters to a relative of the murder victim--turn a family tragedy into saleable goods. More than that, though, he makes it the centerpiece of a coy postmodern burlesque, in which pieces of narrative get stripped down and reassembled in various ways. The result, in Margot Bordelon's staging for Theatre Seven of Chicago, neither means nor entertains much. And what it has to show us from a formal point of view is familiar. The piece comes across primarily as an exercise in intellectual narcissism--and an occasionally clutzy one at that. --Tony Adler


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