Blame Douglas Coupland. His 1991 novel Generation X capsulized a group of twentysomethings no one had paid much attention to before. Now seemingly everything is geared toward that group. Post-Generation X, every film has to have a pot-smoking, disillusioned slacker--usually played by Ethan Hawke--whose only job seems to be pondering the meaning of life. Carrying the trend into the theater world, New Visions, New Voices, a festival of new plays by students in SMU's playwriting program, features Morpheus and Mab, described as "a comedy about members of Generation X searching for the meaning of life." One hopes that the play format will at least preclude any kitschy re-evaluation of '70s culture . Are we the only ones who didn't like The Partridge Family the first time? The festival--which also includes HISTRIONICA, with Banjo Music, and Didymus--happens at the Margo Jones Theatre, located at Hillcrest and Binkley Avenues in the Meadows School of the Arts. It runs nightly at 8 p.m. through April 26. Tickets are $5-$8. Call (214) 768-2787.