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The Ugly House

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In this "living room vaudeville" show, members of a de facto dysfunctional family--a caricatured wimpy boy, sexy woman, and commanding man in formal attire--inhabit a setting that's more fun house than home. With the help of these regulars and weekly guests, writer-directors Andy Miarra and Mary Scruggs offer sketch comedy, improv, magic, and music (sometimes played straight); the result suggests bored comedy veterans getting lost in their libidos. The three talented, charismatic leads amuse themselves but craft characters and relationships too ambiguous to anchor the theatrics, and the material's driven more by fears and lusts than laughs. Still, this is entertaining metacomedy littered with mischievous grins; as the cast sings at the end, "Don't forget that the world is made of candy." --Ryan Hubbard a Through 3/24: Sat 10:30 PM, Live Bait Theater, 3914 N. Clark, 773-871-1212, $10.

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