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This Studio Z production supposedly combines a multimedia approach with elements of commedia dell'arte and long-form improvisation to tell the wacky story of a traffic ticket and its far-reaching ramifications. At least that's what the program says. In truth, this is just another amateurish improv show featuring awkward performances lacking in confidence and comedy, punctuated by the occasional cheap, poorly executed audiovisual effect. If there were any elements of commedia beyond the use of improvisation, I couldn't tell what they were. Mostly this show just makes you feel embarrassed for the performers. Through 8/28: Sat 2 and 8 PM, Sun 2 PM. Chicago Cultural Center, studio theater, 78 E. Washington (enter at 77 E. Randolph), 312-543-7920. $7-$10.

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