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First Stop: Second City 

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There's no place I'd rather be come New Year's Eve than in a Second City audience. That said, this year's edition of the company's Dysfunctional Holiday Revue at Metropolis is a tad uneven--which means you're only in stitches, say, 90 percent of the time. Some of the best moments come when unsuspecting audience members are pulled into the action, as often happens during Bridget Kloss's hilarious turn as a high school teacher from hell. Other routines are still sharp, if familiar--like the whimsical ballet performed on office chairs to the Nutcracker's "Waltz of the Flowers," and a musical vocabulary lesson about that plastic thingamabob on the tip of your shoelaces. Predictable-but-still-funny holiday bits--a Friar's Roast of Saint Nick and a nastily tweaked "I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus"--are relieved by nonseasonal vignettes like the divorce announcement party featuring the unveiling of the ring-finger tan line. It plays today, December 27, at 8; Saturday, December 28, at 7:30 and 10; and Sunday, December 29, at 7 at Metropolis Performing Arts Centre, 111 W. Campbell in Arlington Heights. Tickets are $20, $15 for students. Special New Year's Eve performances ($40) begin at 6:30 and 10 December 31, and include champagne, party hats, and noisemakers. Call 847-577-2121.

Art accompanying story in printed newspaper (not available in this archive): photo/Michael Brosilow.

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