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Michael Finley

Every so often a theater student will make an arresting professional appearance even before he or she graduates. So it went last winter with Michael Finley, a 21-year-old student at Northwestern University. Annie Baker's "The Aliens" is dominated by 30-ish slackers, but Finley, playing a young server at their coffee shop of choice, garnered all kinds of attention for his emotional, compelling portrayal of what it's like to be on the brink of maturity and surrounded by lousy role models. He's from Arlington Heights and is planning a December graduation. "Chicago is definitely the place for me to grow as an actor," he said. We're glad we'll be able to watch. Up next: "This Is War" at Signal Ensemble Theatre. - Chris Jones, Tribune theater critic
Anthony Souffle, Chicago Tribune
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