In these adaptations of the stories in Kurt Vonnegut’s Welcome to the Monkey House, writer-director Lauren Ludwig and the young, low-budget SpringLoaded Theatre Company have succeeded where larger, richer groups–like Steppenwolf–have failed. It turns out that the secret to transferring Vonnegut’s dark, wry wit to the stage is to focus tightly on his words: the nine-member ensemble calmly and skillfully releases the comedy in every sly quip, pointed observation, and irony-laden description without ever lunging for the punch line or hammering home a political message. This approach makes all of Vonnegut’s stories soar, his quiet pieces and brassy satires alike. Ludwig’s treatment of the comic romance “Long Walk to Forever,” about a soldier who goes AWOL to see a girl, is particularly rich. Through 11/20: Fri-Sat 8 PM, Sun 3 PM. Riverfront Works Lofts, 2174 S. Lumber, 773-525-5050. $10-$15.