The programs are in Polish, the title cards in English. Fortunately, mime speaks all languages, and humor is likewise universal. Polish mime Ireneusz Krosny draws more on the conventions of clowning than of abstract Marcel Marceau-style whiteface mime, and his premises are rather generic--a conductor rehearses his orchestra, a dog owner adapts to his pet, a woman removes her finery at evening's end. What renders these vignettes fresh and funny are Krosny's Red Skelton-like facial expressions and an elegant inventiveness that allows him to embellish yet keep the action free of extraneous material--his entire 14-scene, three-encore show runs under an hour. A scene depicting a guest's reactions to a child's cello recital pulled the biggest laugh at the performance I attended, but action-movie fans like me will find the piece entitled "Arnold Arms Himself" irresistible. Chopin Theatre, 1543 W. Division, 773-278-1500. November 14 and 15: Saturday, 7:30 PM; Sunday, 4 PM. $15. --Mary Shen Barnidge
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