In Steppenwolf’s glossy 2003 staging of Richard Greenberg’s play, an impressive set and careful performances designed to show off the characters’ cleverness made the script feel like nothing more than a precious plume of postmodern spun sugar. In Mikhael Tara Garver’s rougher, considerably more intimate Uma Productions staging–Brian Sidney Bembridge’s design brings us right into the set–Greenberg’s wry, witty tale of literary types in 1919 is much more urgent and persuasive. Even the comic moments seem darker and richer, less a means of avoiding uncomfortable feelings than of conveying them. Lily Mojekwu is especially fine as an African-American singer in love with a spoiled but talented young publisher. Through 5/6: Thu-Sat 7:30 PM, Sun 3 PM, Mon 4/24, 7:30 PM, Chopin Theatre, 1543 W. Division, 773-347-1375, $15, industry nights Mon 4/17 and 4/24.