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Get Down(sized)! 

Hmmm. Now why would the Venture Theatre, visiting from Green Bay, schedule its press opening against the Bears' season opener? Dare I say--conspiracy? Writer-star Mike Eserkaln's show takes a satirical, silent-theater look at cubicle culture; sound cues that roil from cell phones and PAs dictate the action, but the actors' clowning is pure pantomime. Though the subject's hardly fresh, that hasn't stopped even second-generation stuff like The Office from being hilarious. And Eserkaln and company are nimble, expressive performers, well practiced in Jimmy Mulligan's kinetic-sculpture choreography. There's no shortage of entertaining moments. But as the cast empties the closet of office-supply props and company-politics bits, the physical humor too often falls short of truly inspired idiocy. --Brian Nemtusak a Through 10/7: Fri 8 PM, Sat 8 and 11 PM, Sun 3 PM, Chopin Theatre, 1543 W. Division, 773-278-1515, $15.

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