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Murder . . . by Improv



ChicagoImprovAnarchy can't be accused of exercising undue advantage over its audiences in this clever fully improvised murder mystery. Though, as usual, we must guess whodunit, so must the troupe's detective--TV pitchman Billy Mays in the current version of the show (previously it was Columbo). After our suggestions have determined the characters, we vote on the victim, who then chooses his/her killer and tells the cast--except for the sleuth--who it is. We too are kept in the dark, and the murderer's name is sealed in an envelope entrusted to a spectator. Whether or not the investigator correctly deduces the identity of the culprit, the intricacies of the hour-long police procedural are sure to delight fans of the genre. Strawdog Theatre Company, 3829 N. Broadway, 773-419-4606. Through September 26: Fridays, 11 PM. $9. Then at Stage Left Theatre, 3408 N. Sheffield, 773-419-4606. October 17-November 15: Fridays-Saturdays, 11 PM. $9.

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