Series Takes Laughable Look at Large Letdowns

Disappointment, shame, desperation, and embarrassment: This is the stuff of great storytelling, subjects as engaging for the audience as they are uncomfortable for the teller to recount. Laced with humor of the blackest variety, “Funny Little Stories About Big Disappointments,” Wednesday at CounterPULSE, features tales about a suicide, a has-been showgirl, a failed actor, and a young Vietnamese immigrant adapting to America while contending with Orange County evangelicals.

Paolo Sambrano's “Bi-Poseur” is a tale of a suicidal hypochondriac whose bipolar disorder prevents him from writing the perfect suicide note and doing the deed. Thao P. Nguyen's

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