Abraham Lincoln and Baghdad have something in common - they both show up in The Complete History of America (Abridged). Created by the same folks who wrote the hilarious The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged), this send-up of American history includes convoluted lessons on everything from our long list of assassinations to war to TV sitcoms. It's all played by three actors whose guerrilla-theater style includes slapstick pantomime, strange mixed-up songs and a silly take on the Lewis and Clark expedition. The show also provides answers to some very serious questions, such as how many Democrats it takes to screw in a lightbulb. And, of course, underneath all the shenanigans are some serious musings on our country's complex and paradoxical identity. The regional premiere comes to us from the funny folks at Stages Repertory Theatre, who've just about cornered the Houston market on parody - its Late Nite Catechism series just finished a third installment. 7:30 p.m. Wednesdays and Thursdays, 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays. Through June 27. 3201 Allen Parkway. For information, call 713-527-0123 or visit www.stagestheatre.com. $26 to $36.
Wednesdays-Sundays. Starts: June 2. Continues through June 27, 2010