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"Framis," a term coined in the early 20th century, is comedic double-talk that combines sense and nonsense. Mission ImPROVable's wacky, sexually tinged sketch show does the same. A late-night visitor to a woman's home turns out to be the Scarecrow from The Wizard of Oz asking Dorothy if she wants a "roll in the hay." Snippets from American movies are performed in French; in the famous Risky Business underwear scene, the Tom Cruise character is wearing a beret and carrying a baguette. Under Mike Betette's direction, Pat Kiely, Sean Monahan, Sean Casey, and Jeff Durand are energetic and enthusiastic if unpolished. They often have trouble wrapping up scenes, but there are enough true gems that it doesn't matter. In a sketch about 1920s gay phone sex, a porn line is peppered with classic film repartee--who knew words like "aces" and "humdinger" could be so funny? Through 8/8: Mon 10:30 PM. Playground Theater, 3209 N. Halsted, 773-871-3793. $5.

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