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Burlesque is at its bawdy best in the Lavender Cabaret's remount of this multimedia show, which intersperses amusing variety acts with provocative stripteases. Lead stripper Michelle "Toots" L'amour choreographed the numbers, directed with Franky Vivid, and wrote the dialogue with Vivid and comic Ed Furman. But she and the other four strip artists don't take any of this too seriously. The glitter, feathers, and garters of the women's costumes are accompanied by a sly wink, and risque parodies of television commercials, performed between the acts, send the message that sex is fun. On the night I attended, Dan Bakkedahl was the comic (standing in for Furman), and his overdone material silenced the room. Much more successful were magician Tomas Medina, who managed to be funny while swallowing cigarettes, and juggler Douglas Grew, who skillfully flipped a set of glittering boxes.Through 12/18: Fri 9 PM, Sat 8 PM. Chicago Center for the Performing Arts, 777 N. Green, 312-327-2000. $25. Closing.

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