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Process: The Holiday Production New Review (Theater and Comedy) The Short List (Theater) Closing (Theater and Galleries)

When: Fridays, Saturdays. Continues through Dec. 20 2014

Process promises audiences: "You'll witness the entire production process from the auditions to the curtain call of closing night as an improvised three-act play unfurls before your eyes." It's a challenging, enticing premise that requires creating a play within a play from scratch. Actually, multiple plays, based on titles solicited from the audience. The show begins with improvisers conjuring monologues before a director casting a "holiday play." Next it jumps to a rehearsal, then a final act of that play. The format proved too complicated for these CIC performers; neither characters nor plots gelled. It's the 19th century. No, the 18th! Then a character suffers a Korean war flashback. Rudolph the Reindeer gets blown to bits but then is whole. Improv shows often get better over time, however: this tough format, like Rudolph, may yet come together. Ted C. Fishman

Price: $10

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