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A year ago attorney Kate O'Malley decided to combine her frustration with dating and her interest in theater. The result was this sketch improv/dating event, which she also produces. At the door, audience members get a little-black-book playbill and a dating questionnaire that requires mingling during the 30-minute intermission; the show's first half is a series of vignettes about dating and the second consists of improvisations drawing on the questionnaire responses. Afterward the audience is invited to the bar downstairs to mix some more. But the talented cast, not the peculiar format, is what really makes the show. The performers embrace dating cliches, both to expose them and to exploit their comic potential: "You have the most . . . eyes I've ever seen," one guy mumbles to his date. Under Lillian Frances's focused direction, the performers are experts at the physical awkwardness of dating, hilariously fidgeting their way through improv's typical dead-air spots. Through 3/10: Fri 8 PM, Tue 2/14, 8 PM, Fizz Bar & Grill, 3220 N. Lincoln, 312-307-4206, $20.

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