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Disgruntled Employee Handbook: A Musical 

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Like most workplace send-ups, this one by Second City Theatricals is hilarious if it doesn't hit too close to home. The revue chronicles a new kid's speedy rise to CEO. But instead of dodging bullets from vindictive execs, this young climber has to sidestep broken office equipment and steamy piles of political incorrectness. Some material is recycled: mandatory diversity training--saw it on The Office. But other segments are keenly observed and fresh, like the working mother's song about doing it all and the show's conclusion: despite ground-shaking talk, corporate leadership is usually one big rerun. Bits like the live Muzak entertainer and an improvised product launch (on opening night, the Procrastinating Hermaphrodite was introduced) tickle and surprise. Through 9/24: Thu 7:30 PM, Fri 8 PM, Sat 3 and 8 PM. Northlight Theatre, North Shore Center for the Performing Arts, 9501 Skokie Blvd., Skokie, 847-673-6300. $35-$40. Closing.

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