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Spinning Into Butter 

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Rebecca Gilman's 1999 play focuses on an issue--it attacks hidden white liberal racism. But it's worn well, in part because it's thoughtful and doesn't resort to cliche, in part because of its snappy, often funny, dialogue. There is a bit of preaching in the second act, and sometimes the characters are flat--it's hard not to loathe most of them. In this Eclipse production Kerry Richlan makes the conflicted college dean at the story's center, who's trying to deal with the needs of minority students, seem both sympathetic and kind despite what she says. And the play's helped considerably by Anish Jethmalani's sensitive direction, which makes it engaging as well as claustrophobic and disturbing. Through 9/3: Thu-Sat 8 PM, Sun 3 PM, Victory Gardens Theater, second-floor main stage, 2257 N. Lincoln, 773-871-3000, $18-$22, $25 Thu 8/3 (includes discussion and refreshments).

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