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The Snarkout Boys & the Avocado of Death 

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Fans of TV's Star Trek: The Next Generation know that Mr. Data, the ultralogical android played by Brent Spiner, took on the role of Sherlock Holmes in several episodes. On Monday Spiner portrays another Sherlock surrogate, this time on the stage: Osgood Sigerson (a Holmes alias, as Arthur Conan Doyle buffs know), the hero of this Lifeline Theatre adaptation of Daniel Pinkwater's kids' book. Super-sleuth Sigerson helps the "snarkout boys"--two teenage misfits who "snark out" for fantasy adventures in Chicago-like Baconburg--track down a mad scientist and save the earth from alien real estate agents. ("Snark" is a compression of "sneak" and "Clark"--a reference to the Clark Theater, a now-demolished movie house whose unusual double features inspired Pinkwater's jumbled juxtapositions.) James Sie's charming script, which nicely captured Pinkwater's odd but accessible humor when fully staged last spring, is remounted in a one-night reading with Spiner as guest star; the performance will be taped as part of the "Chicago Theatres on the Air" radio series for broadcast on WFMT in April. DoubleTree Guest Suites, main ballroom, 198 E. Delaware, 753-4472. Monday, February 12, 8 PM. $20. --Albert Williams

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