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Corn Productions is at its best with parodies. And sure enough the highlight of Jenni and Nick Caruso's new musical, about the reuniting of a 1986 Catholic high school choir, is its recapitulation of Jesus' life using jazz hands and 80s music revamped with funny, surprisingly reverential lyrics. There are hints of greatness here, especially in the rock-musical harmonies and the 20 cast members' Broadway energy, which fills the small theater. But much of the rest of the show is slapdash and formulaic, with too many jarring revelations about rape, alcoholism, AIDS, divorce. These are intended to deepen the silly story but instead feel rushed and insincere. Through 6/16: Wed-Fri 8 PM, Cornservatory, 4210 N. Lincoln, 312-409-6435, $6-$12.

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