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Bikerman and the Jewish Avenger

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Creating a sort of "Odd Couple Live" experience, unlikely best friends Scott Woldman, a Jewish preppy English teacher, and Jim Jarvis, a beer-swilling, knife-wielding south-sider, share tales from their lives, choosing from a repertoire that includes bear-hunting adventures, a doomed eighth-grade ski trip, and the treatise "Why I Don't Date Chicks From the North Shore." Riveting storytelling--vivid details and nearly psychic attunement and repartee--makes the show's wobbly structure unimportant: why bother with audience interviews and scenes that go nowhere? Some jokes and lines get stretched too far; "fuckin'-A" makes less of an impact the 14th time around. But the duo's energetic Felix-Oscar, Kramden-Norton sparring sucks us in until the last Old Style is sucked dry. Through 10/29: Sat 10 PM. Metropolis Performing Arts Centre, 111 Campbell, Arlington Heights, 847-577-2121. $15.

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