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The Way of the Wiseguy 

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Written by Joseph D. Pistone, Bobby Moresco (who also directs), and Leo Rossi (who stars), this stage adaptation of Pistone's memoirs--he was an undercover FBI agent who infiltrated the mob--has a flat, committee-written feel. Though Pistone's story was fascinating in the 1997 movie Donnie Brasco, we only glimpse that high drama here, mostly when he prepares for a meeting with a crime boss that may end in Pistone getting whacked. Most of the piece consists of short lectures about the mob spiced up with a little cheesecake--actress Carrie Long in heels and a one-piece bathing suit--and slide and video presentations so elaborate it's easy to forget this is supposed to be live theater. Open run: Wed-Thu 7:30 PM, Fri 8 PM, Sat 5 and 9 PM, Sun 3 PM, Chicago Center for the Performing Arts, 777 N. Green, 312-733-6000, $39-$55.

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