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Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Nappiness


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One of the sharpest moments in this smart sketch-comedy revue, directed by David Pompeii for Second City Outreach and Diversity, is a rap performance peppered with the names of products like Depends and chains like Home Depot--a pointed slap at artists who trade their creativity for corporate branding. Actually most of this politically oriented show is pointed: though many of the sketches are only lightly funny, they all make provocative, interesting points about race, class, and morality in America. The ensemble members--Inda Craig-Galvan, Jason Hightower, Rebecca Jackson, Anthony Leblanc, Lamorne Morris, and Nicole Walker--catch fire, bringing such passion, nerve, and empathy to their characters that a mere 60 minutes isn't enough time. We want more. Through 6/18: Sat 9 PM, Second City Training Center, Donny's Skybox Studio, Piper's Alley, 1608 N. Wells (fourth floor), 312-337-3992 or 877-778-4707. $8-$10.

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