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Billy Crystal's masterful autobiographical monologue, based on his memoir and directed by the keen-eyed Des McAnuff, illuminates universal experiences by pinpointing specifics, making this an evocative chronicle of the boomer experience. Crystal's joyous, bittersweet, sometimes poignant stories recall his exuberant and eccentric Jewish family; his early exposure to jazz (his uncle, producer Milt Gabler, recorded the likes of Billie Holiday); adolescent romances and heartbreaks; playing basketball (being short didn't stop him); the influence of such comedians as Sid Caesar, Bill Cosby, and Danny Kaye; and his father's untimely death when Billy was a teenager. Crystal's wonderfully versatile face and voice, gift for mimicry, Chaplinesque physical grace, and confident stage presence make this a uniquely pleasurable theatrical experience. Through 11/19: Thu 7:30 PM, Fri 8 PM, Sat 3 and 8 PM. Cadillac Palace Theatre, 151 W. Randolph, 312-902-1400. $37.50-$92.50. Closing.


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