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Miss Witherspoon 

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Christopher Durang's latest is a wan little affair about severely anhedonic Miss Witherspoon, who's stuck in a sort of purgatory but who resists being reincarnated--not always successfully. Even at 80 minutes Jason Loewith's staging feels slow, in part because of Diane D. Fairchild's dour lighting, but mostly because Durang spins his metaphysical wheels on the troubling question of how to choose life in a world filled with terror. Linda Kimbrough's performance as the acerbic apostate of the afterlife is nearly pitch-perfect, but the rest of the cast is stuck with thankless, toothless stereotypes, particularly Kirsten Fitzgerald and Joseph Wycoff as a trailer-trash druggie couple who become Miss Witherspoon's parents in one horrific reincarnation. --Kerry Reid a Through 12/17: Thu 7:30 PM, Fri-Sat 8 PM, Sun 2 PM, Sat 12/2, 2 and 8 PM, Next Theatre Company, Noyes Cultural Arts Center, 927 Noyes, Evanston, 847-475-1875, ext. 2, $25-$35.

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