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Provocative 'Parallel Lives' Comes to Allentown Public Theater

The comedy 'Parallel Lives' opens at Allentown Public Theater March 22 in celebration of Women's History Month

In celebration of Women’s History Month, Allentown Public Theatre announces that "Parallel Lives," written by Mo Gaffney and Kathy Najimy, will open its 2013 season.  

This piece, praised as “a humorous romp with a feminist sensibility . . . a smart, provocative show” by Variety, runs March 22-23, 28-30 and April 4-6 at 8 p.m., and on April 7 at 2 p.m.  at the Antonio Salemme Foundation, 542 W. Hamilton Street, Suite 203, Allentown.  

Tickets are $20 for adults, $15 for students and are discounted to $12 for all on Thursdays. Parking is available in the city lot behind the building; elevator in rear lobby.     

In the opening scene of this sketch comedy, two Supreme Beings plan the beginning of the world with the relish of two slightly sadistic suburban wives decorating a living room.

Once they've decided on the color scheme of the races, a little concerned that white people will feel slighted being such a boring color, they create sex and the sexes. Afraid women will have too many advantages, the Beings decide to make childbirth painful and to give men enormous egos as compensation.

From this moment, the audience is whisked through the outrageous universe of Kathy and Mo, where two actresses – in APT's production, Samantha Beedle and Jennifer Starr Foley – play men and women struggling through the common rituals of modern life: teenagers on a date, sisters at their grandmother's funeral, a man and a woman together in a country-western bar.

With boundless humor, "Parallel Lives" reexamines the ongoing quest to find parity and love in a contest handicapped by capricious gods—or in this case, goddesses. Joshua Neth directs.  

For tickets and information, including group rates, go to www.AllentownPublicTheatre.com or call 888-895-5645.

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