If you want to pay 50, almost 60 bucks to see cats do what they do anyhow–sit still, run, jump out of containers, and bat at annoying humans–then this is the show for you. I was hoping someone would be herding cats, but no. Perhaps 10 minutes of this 75-minute performance feature impressive feline tricks, navigating miniature parallel bars or balancing on two front paws. The rest of the time the cats behave in pretty ordinary fashion. A cute dog briefly exhibits somewhat greater cooperative skills, but most of the piece is devoted to clown routines suitable for five-year-olds and assault by a horrendous soundtrack of “circus” tunes. –Laura Molzahn a 12/26-12/30: Tue-Fri 3 and 7 PM, Sat noon, 3, and 6 PM, North Shore Center for the Performing Arts, 9501 Skokie Blvd., Skokie, 847-673-6300, $49.90-$56.90.