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Though there's a dead body onstage for most of Corn Productions' new show, no one eats, has sex with, or otherwise violates it. What's going on? If it weren't for the vaudeville farting routine and whopper of a premise, I'd think this usually transgressive troupe was undergoing some form of behavior modification. Still, there's no shortage of fresh ideas in Real Aural Talent, as the inner circle at an audiobook company plots to drive one of its producers insane by saddling him with a tedious translation and no-talent actors. Halfway through the script, playwright Josh Zagoren makes some entertaining gestures toward Pirandellian reflexivity--the characters in the book begin to offer wry commentary on the play's proceedings--but the tack ultimately creates problems. The characters remain inspired throughout, yet the play's eight or so false endings prove there's room for at least one more addition: an editor. Through 3/11: Wed-Fri 8 PM. Cornservatory, 4210 N. Lincoln, 312-409-6435. $6-$12.

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