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When: Wednesdays. Continues through Feb. 24 2016

A typically weird old Joe Martin cartoon depicts a printing press with a man's body stuck in it. Two executives are standing nearby, and one says to the other, "This idea of yours, Jenson, about a human newspaper . . . I thought there was more to it." Exactly. When I heard that an octet of young writer-performers had put together a "Monty Python-style" sketch show, I was excited to see what they'd do to make Python's signature physicality and absurdity their own. The wrong thing, it turns out. Imagine a Beatles tribute band that's decided to write new Lennon-McCartney tunes and perform them as the Fab Four might. That's what these folks mean by "Monty Python style." They even speak with English accents and imitate Terry Jones's screechy-lady voice. The best I can say is that I'd like to see Abby Harvey in something completely different. Otherwise, Falling Circus is jaw-droppingly bad. I really thought there'd be more to it. —Tony Adler

Price: $10

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