Eclipse Theatre Company continues its season of work by Pearl Cleage with this pair of one-acts featuring four black women. Neither could be called a brilliant experiment in dramatic form, but they handily reflect issues of race, gender, and the creative impulse, and Cleage’s gift for sharp-elbowed dialogue allows actors to pull out all the stops. The evening opens with the caustic Hospice, about a celebrated dying poet and the daughter she abandoned years earlier. But the real gem is the hilarious, touching Late Bus to Mecca, in which a motormouth prostitute befriends a silent, disheveled woman in a 1970s Detroit bus station and helps her take the first step toward freedom–or at least Atlanta. It features sterling performances by Alana Arenas and Francis Wilkerson, who will trade off roles during the run. a Through 9/2: Thu-Sat 8 PM, Sun 3 PM, Victory Gardens Greenhouse Theater, first-floor main stage, 2257 N. Lincoln, 773-871-3000, $18-$22. –Kerry Reid