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Considering the emotional nuance of this elegant verse one-act, poet-playwright Frank O'Hara must have been a very mature 25-year-old when he wrote it in 1951. A brief, disquieting play in the Noh tradition, it focuses on the reunion of a disillusioned soldier and his wife after wartime separation has killed their love. Andrea Klunder's staging for Hunger and Dread at Midnight is graceful and spare, employing four Japanese stools, a tatami mat, candles, and a whimsically inappropriate iPod, filling in for Noh's usual live music. Her all-female cast is aptly restrained physically but delivers the verse too earnestly, turning O'Hara's nuance into almost melodramatic anguish. Still, this is a chance to see a rarely produced, enigmatic work. Through 11/5: Fri-Sat midnight. Spareroom, 2416 W. North, 312-622-7197. $12.

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