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The Fourth Sister 

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You'd expect a man like Janusz Glowacki to savor the nasty ironies of post-Soviet Russia, and does he ever. A satirist who fled his native Poland for New York 25 years ago, Glowacki clearly gets a kick out of watching Gorbachev's children struggle to wrap their underfed, overdosed heads around decadent capitalist culture--just as he once did. In fact, the intensity of his appetite for the subject is what gives this Cinderella-meets-Chekhov-and-goes-to-Hollywood farce its raucous vitality. It's also what ultimately drains that vitality away, making the play too long, too elaborate, and too much to take. High on energy but low on narrative control, Beata Pilch's production aggravates the problem. Through 4/15: Thu-Sat 8 PM, Trap Door Theatre, 1655 W. Cortland, 773-384-0494, $20, two for one Thu.

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