Sex, Schemes & Silliness in Machiavelli’s The Mandrake

Opening Saturday, January 11 at Raven Theatre!The Mandrake

Sex, lies and cunning villainy abound in this manic modern translation of the classic satire! Wealthy playboy Callimaco will stop at nothing to bed the world’s most beautiful woman, who is unfortunately both quite virtuous and quite married. The solution can only be chicanery! With the assistance of a manipulative schemer, a corrupt priest, and a certain aphrodisiacal plant, a plot to dupe the old and foolish husband is set in motion. Will the deception be revealed, or will Callimaco get his satisfaction? The ends obviously justify the means in Niccolò Machiavelli’s The Mandrake

This latest translation by my friends at Commedia Beauregard is a big, fun, gleefully wicked romp that makes a mockery of all that is good and pure, so of course I love it! It’s a hell of a fun show, especially for something that was published in 1524!

The Mandrake opens January 11 and runs through February 9, 2014:
Thursdays, Fridays & Saturdays at 8:00pm, and Sundays at 3:30pm.

Raven Theatre Complex, 6157 N Clark St (at Granville Ave), Chicago, IL 60660.

$25 tickets are available at 800.838.3006 or

But you can also catch the “Twitter Preview” on Friday, January 10 at 8:00pm! Tickets are only $12 and audience members are encouraged to take photos and tweet, instagram and share their experience via social media during the show!

The Greater Chicago Food DepositoryAnd if that wasn’t enough, you can also see the show FOR FREE at the “Pay With Your Can” Matinee on Sunday, January 12 at 3:30pm! Just like Commedia Beauregard has done with A Klingon Christmas Carol, this special show is a food drive to benefit the Greater Chicago Food Depository! Bring in 1 non-perishable food item for a $10 discount. Bring 3 food items and get into the show for FREE!

Discounted tickets are “first come, first served” and only available at the door, so get there early!

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