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A determined surreality characterizes the Breakneck Speed Theatre Company's suite of four one-acts, conceived and directed by Patrick O'Brien. Ominous, dreamlike figures persist onstage after their scenes have ended, like retinal afterimages. Scenes with well-established rhythms blow rods just as they're approaching the finish line. Dialogue falls into recurring loops, and even the most striking eruptions of the bizarre are played like everyday occurrences. Only the last bit, a masterful mash-up that maps Dangerous Liaisons onto Fast Times at Ridgemont High, is what I'd call flat-out ha-ha. But the other pieces unfailingly nail the other kind of funny--an offbeat achievement that, given the cast's level of accomplishment, you've got to assume is the intent. Through 1/29: Sun 8 PM, Stage Left Theatre, 3408 N. Sheffield, 773-316-2643, $7.

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