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In this pH Productions show, six actors in khakis and white button-downs sing, dance, joke, and even ninja-fight their way through a dozen sketches inspired by office angst, accompanied by a work-themed pop sound track. Writer-director-techie Marty Gangler is refreshingly committed to surprising us with seemingly spontaneous dance numbers and cast-member plants in the audience. The ensemble shows off a range of voices, accents, and personalities, but Aaron Ellsworth's physical comedy shines brightest--he resembles a young Mr. Roper from Three's Company and clowns like Martin Short. Still, the show's inconsistent bits and stuttering pacing mean it's not yet a well-oiled machine. Through 4/20: Thu 11 PM, Stage Left Theatre, 3408 N. Sheffield, 773-342-3575, $10.

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