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In Factory Theater's slapdash spoof of James Bond flicks, Oprah Winfrey conspires with Richard Roeper and Mancow Muller to take over the city. Enter suave, sexy superagent Gene Siskel--apparently the Tribune movie reporter didn't die in 1999, he was cryogenically frozen. Siskel and pudgy sidekick Roger Ebert (who also seems not to have changed since the 90s) give Oprah's scheme two thumbs down, defeating her with the aid of the Windy City Rollers. Eric Thomas Roach's fitfully funny comedy, directed by Scott Oken, showcases Jennifer Pompa's boisterous combat staging. But the high point is filmmaker Mike Tutaj's witty, well-crafted send-up of the Bond movies' opening title sequences: female silhouettes tumble over colorful images of Chicago's skyline. --Albert Williams a Through 7/28: Fri-Sat 8 PM, Sun 7 PM, Prop Thtr, 3502-4 N. Elston, 866-811-4111, $20.

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