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The Price Brothers 

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Victor and Walter were born into wealth and a posh Manhattan brownstone. Then came the 1929 stock market crash. Walter continued his single-minded pursuit of a medical degree while Victor dropped out to tend their broken father. Eventually, Walter got rich while Victor got stuck. Now the estranged sons are meeting again as the brownstone's about to be razed. Arthur Miller's 1968 two-roads-diverged drama is a masterful, sorrowful, funny, often stunningly perceptive look at the regrets and rage of middle age. Though plenty good enough to suggest the script's marvels, Shattered Globe Theatre's production fails to embody them. Things may improve as Todd Schmidt's cast gains confidence after a jittery opening performance--but for now The Price is a catharsis waiting to happen. --Tony Adler a Through 3/3: Thu-Sat 8 PM, Sun 3 PM, Victory Gardens Greenhouse Theater, second-floor studio, 2257 N. Lincoln, 773-871-3000, $22-$35 (industry shows Thu through 2/1).

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