Duck for President | Lifeline Theatre | Theater & Performance | Chicago Reader
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When: Saturdays, Sundays. Continues through Nov. 30 2008
Phone: 773-761-4477
Price: $12
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This high-spirited adaptation by James E. Grote, with songs by Grote and George Howe, captures the wit, wild wordplay, and playful energy of Doreen Cronin and Betsy Lewin's children's book, about the career of a clever but lazy duck who gets involved in politics to avoid hard work. The performances are uniformly charming; David Fink is especially winning as the titular Duck. Katie Schweiger's set design brilliantly recreates the world of Lewin's illustrations. Most impressive of all, the show works as both a civics lesson and wry political satire, which means it entertains both children and adults--although my seven-year-old was puzzled by the big laugh the grownups gave a moment when the female Pig who runs as Duck's VP puts on lipstick. --Jack Helbig

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