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Of Thee I Sing


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Recalling the Marx Brothers, this 1931 Pulitzer-winning musical spoofs a presidential campaign in which candidate John P. Wintergreen holds a beauty contest to choose a bride. Winning on a platform of love for all, he then inconveniently tumbles for his campaign secretary and marries her instead. Seventy-three years ago George and Ira Gershwin, George S. Kaufman, and Morrie Ryskind anticipated the concept of infotainment, the use of impeachment for political purposes, even the xenophobic demonization of all things French. William Osetek's rich staging honors the silly plot, daffy dialogue, and, best of all, gorgeous Gershwin classics like "Who Cares" and "Love Is Sweeping the Country." Michael Gutrich and Kelly Anne Clark make cunning cutups as the First Couple, Christine Sherrill is magnificently menacing as the jilted pageant winner, and Dale Benson steals the show as vice president Alexander Throttlebottom, so self-effacing he's practically invisible. Through 1/2: Wed 8 PM, Thu 2 and 8 PM, Fri 8:30 PM, Sat 5:30 and 9 PM, Sun 2:30 and 7 PM. Drury Lane Oakbrook, Roosevelt and Butterfield, Oakbrook Terrace, 630-530-0111. $22-$26; dinner-show packages available.

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