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The Mayor's Mouth 

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Using a well-worn copy of the 1989 Chicago Celebrity Chef cookbook, foodie-performers Seth Zurer and Chloe Johnston spotlight their favorite members of the Chicago machine in I-80 Drama Company's lively cooking demonstration-cum-political overview, which includes recipes from Harold Washington (dessert bars), Richard M. Daley (beef stew), and Jane Byrne ("snow birds"). Though the performances are a bit loose--both actors are also currently at work on the Neo-Futurists' Patriots--these frequent collaborators play well off each other. And their enthusiasm for the material and the art of cooking is infectious: the night I attended, Zurer seemed positively giddy over the news that celebrity chef Lydia Bastianich would be holding court in an adjacent room. The piece opens with an invocation and closes with an invitation to sample each of the savory dishes, united by a common ingredient: struggle. Through 5/9: Mon 7 PM. Kendall College, 900 N. North Branch, 312-642-4600. $25 (includes postshow reception).

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