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Recent Tragic Events 

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Craig Wright used to write for Six Feet Under, and it shows. Like the HBO series, his play combines self-entranced characters with self-impressed narrative gimmicks to create a perfect storm of self-regard. Only, where the TV show was satisfied to watch itself explore the navels of a few Californians, Recent Tragic Events has bigger fish to trivialize. Using pretentious pseudo-Pirandellian devices, Wright shows us 9/11 through the eyes of four young urbanites (and a sock puppet) to whom the catastrophe they call "the thing" is merely a backdrop for personal traumas and undergraduate philosophizing. The result is profound only in its smirking, sitcom-ish, egocentric dissociation from the real gravity of the material. A little sadly, the Uma Productions staging is very good. Through 10/15: Thu-Sat 7:30 PM, Sun 3 PM. Chopin Theatre, 1543 W. Division, 773-347-1375. $15.

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