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The title of Roddy Doyle's play notwithstanding, the pub quiz--a very Irish version of Trivial Pursuit--that's played in a raucous north Dublin dive is no metaphor for combat. It doesn't even offer a microcosm of Ireland. It's just a slice of very loud life, and somehow all the hyperrealism becomes its own reward. It's also the perfect ensemble opportunity for Karen Kessler's intricately exuberant 16-member Seanachai Theatre Company cast. The bar scenes are powerfully contrasted with domestic scenes that expose the most ferocious quiz player (a desperately driven Michael Grant) and his long-suffering wife (Sarah Wellington, whose silences speak volumes). Most remarkable is a Benny Hill-like pantomime in which the actors fast-forward the quiz, showing the crazed competition. --Lawrence Bommer a Through 10/7: Thu-Sat 7:30 PM, Sun 3 PM, Storefront Theater, Gallery 37 Center for the Arts, 66 E. Randolph, 312-742-8497, $15-$20.

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