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When: Thursdays-Sundays. Continues through Nov. 6 2016

This genially rowdy made-in-Chicago comedy—created by and for the fabled Organic Theater Company in 1977 at the instigation of ensemble member Joe Mantegna (now star of TV's Criminal Minds)—focuses on a cadre of Chicago Cubs fans inhabiting the cheap seats at Wrigley Field during a game between the Cubs and the Saint Louis Cardinals. Responding to the unseen action on the ballfield below, a motley crew of day-game regulars cheer the home team, heckle the opposition, and challenge each other to increasingly high-stakes bets. The play—here presented by Open Space Theater in its revised 1998 version —is a pretty flimsy piece of storytelling, but it's an engaging collection of quirky character sketches, engagingly played by a nine-person cast under Nich Radcliffe's direction. —Albert Williams

Price: $20-$30

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