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Piero Procaccini not only wrote, produced, directed, and performs this show, he controls the lighting, video, and sound and even takes tickets. What he doesn't do is entertain much. Shortly into this hour of sketch and improv, after singing "It's a one-man show," he acknowledges he may be overcommitted, out of touch, and wasting our time. His anticipation of a negative response might be intended to disarm it, but it doesn't. The technical direction is deficient, some key bits are derivative, and the show's jagged rhythm and underdeveloped themes don't match Procaccini's self-described lofty ideas. Give him credit for an exhaustive exploration of the "I'm doing everything" joke--the playbill is clever--but this high-risk, low-reward show remains a classroom exercise. Through 9/17: Sun 8 PM, Second City Training Center, Donny's Skybox Studio, Piper's Alley, 1608 N. Wells (fourth floor), 312-337-3992, $5-$8.

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