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Set on a Metra train, Amicable picks up steam as it chugs along


Thankfully, the plot and performances become more compelling halfway through.

Ross Compton’s world premiere one-act dramedy ends as a wholly different play than the one it starts as, and that’s for the better. What begins as a perfunctory mash-up of staple theater school writing exercises—The Park Bench Play, The Existential Limbo Play, The Male Playwright’s The Ghosts of Girlfriends Past Personal Spec-Fic—evolves into a pretty sophisticated multisubject character study, even if it doesn’t totally stick the landing.…

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