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The Caste and the Furious: Tokyo Drift


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Like the movie the title spoofs, Stir-Friday Night!'s 18th revue includes some racing (a Japanimation-esque contest between skaters) and some Asian-underground drama (a noirish bit involving outlawed Chinese food). Both expertly executed sketches are hilarious. As in previous SFN! productions, the cast lampoons Asian cliches: Bollywood, martial arts, conservative parents. But they also look at raceless subjects like marriage counseling and the electric slide. Musical director Shane Shariffskul has crafted some catchy numbers, and director Lillian Frances nicely mixes light and heavy subjects, including the making of a PB&J and a partial recitation of FDR's 1942 executive order resulting in the relocation of Japanese-Americans. Charismatic newcomer Steven Yeun steals the show. Through 10/6: Fri 9 PM, Second City Training Center, Donny's Skybox Studio, Piper's Alley,, 1608 N. Wells (fourth floor), 312-337-3992, $10-$12.

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