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The Nature of Fatheads and Other Family Matters 101 

The nature of fatheads and other family matters 101, at the College of DuPage Arts Center. Let's face it, the topic of this one-man show--the hazards of growing up in America--is not particularly original. Nor are Tim Clue's observations about the late 60s and early 70s particularly startling. And he rarely strays from a Leave It to Beaver point of view: you mess around a lot as a kid, and that's sort of fun, only sometimes you get caught and then you get in trouble with dad. Which may account for the fact that the show feels a little long, even though it lasts only 90 minutes.

But Clue's approach is fresh: he uses autobiographical stories as part of a general lecture on that fathead species, the human race. And his stage persona, made up of equal parts stand-up and teacher (Clue is both), is relaxed and intensely likable. Even when he breaks the fourth wall to talk with audience members about their first pets or forces a hapless pair to join him onstage to cold read a scripted conversation between a father and a teenage son about the car keys, Clue is easygoing, never resorting to the hectoring that makes audience participation the bane of comedy clubs.

--Jack Helbig

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