Criminal Mischief | ComedySportz Theatre | Theater & Performance | Chicago Reader

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When: Sundays, 8:30 p.m. Continues through Aug. 25 2013

The audience acts as jury at this Law and Order-inspired comedy court, and also suggests the crime: on the night I attended, the crowd came up with failure to practice the piano. Some of the more inspired bits referenced the long-running television series, including detective Eliot Stabler's trademark woundedness. Legacy, the group assembled here, are ComedySportz players from around the country who are now based in Chicago; they've got the chops to play this for more than you'd expect. Even when a joke fails (which, hey, it might—one audience suggestion required a series of bits about screwdrivers), they take care of each other, so the flops come off as part of the fun. —Suzanne Scanlon

Price: $5

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