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Woody Allen's 1975 comedy is nominally set in ancient Greece, but it's a New York Jewish sort of Greece like the one in A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum. And once the action starts leaking out into the present day--anachronisms piling up like crazy--the Greek part falls away and it's just plain New York Jewish. Chemically Imbalanced Comedy's first mistake is failing to see how crucial the NYJ thing is. Don Hall's production substitutes Chicago for New York, as if a Winnetka joke somehow equates with one about Queens. Second mistake: confusing wacky with undisciplined. There are some funny bits here, but they've got a lot more to do with acting out than acting, and the script doesn't survive the production. No coherence sought, none attained. Third mistake? Putting on a play the company doesn't get and doesn't seem all that interested in. Through 5/1: Thu-Fri 8 PM, Sun 4:30 PM. Cornservatory, 4210 N. Lincoln, 773-865-7731. $12; industry nights Thu; two for one Sun.

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