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Pleasanton 

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John Wilson's unremitting drama offers ugly vignettes about loud louts and their cowed associates in a Texas town in 1993. Racist, sexist, and homophobic, these dead-enders drink, tell macho stories, beat each other up, and rob liquor stores. Occasionally Wilson throws in a flashback that gives some context for the cruelty--one father was a serial abuser. But the focus is on unprocessed memories and a mind-set that can't grasp consequences, all of which becomes an excuse for Sam Shepard excess. In this production, which Wilson directs, the cast members shout, stomp, and howl, though Jonathan Edwards as a very hurt guy and Anderson Lawfer as a masochist who adores David Bowie manage to achieve something like poignancy. Through 8/11: Mon-Thu 8 PM. Steep Theatre, 3902 N. Sheridan, 312-458-0722. $10.

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