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Out of Disorder  
The Greenhouse Theater Center Out of Disorder
 
An old adage of Friedrich Nietzsche's stakes the claim: "That which does not kill us makes us stronger." Taking that adage to heart -- and to the stage -- Out of Disorder features two solo shows from two very strong performers. Hunger Pains, written and performed by Christopher L. Moore, reveals through story and song the intimate details of his struggles as a boy with anorexia in the midst of a medical community that simply didn't know what to do with him. From Ali Clayton comes I'm Different, Not Dumb -- in which she embodies three larger-than-life characters to tell of her time attending a learning disability school, navigating the treacherous path of adolescence to find her way to the stage and the world of stand-up comedy. An inspiring examination of diversity and overcoming adversity, Out of Disorder is a true celebration of strength.
   
Owners  
Interrobang Theatre Project at Athenaeum Theatre Owners
 
Marion's husband wants her dead, but she's too busy to notice. The North London real estate market is booming, and she's out to make a killing. When Marion discovers she can't buy out a family from one of her properties, she takes ownership of their most prized possession.
   
Parade  
Bohemian Theatre Ensemble at Theater Wit Parade
 
Written by Pulitzer Prize-winner Alfred Uhry (Driving Miss Daisy), this stirring Broadway musical is based on the real-life story of Jewish factory foreman Leo Frank, who was convicted for the rape and killing of a 13-year-old girl in 1913 Atlanta. Set against the backdrop of Frank's controversial trial, this powerful story is part murder mystery, part social commentary and an exploration of the love that grows between Leo and his wife Lucille as they work to fight for his freedom against overwhelming anti-semitism. Parade won the 1999 Tony Award for Best Book and Best Musical Score, and closes out BoHo Theatre's 10th season.
   
Plath/Hughes  
Gorilla Tango Theatre Plath/Hughes
 
"PLATH/HUGHES" explores the truth behind the turbulent marriage of two of the past century's most renowned and celebrated poets, Sylvia Plath and Ted Hughes. Based on first-hand accounts from close friends and relatives and featuring their original poems as lyrics for show-stopping songs, "PLATH/HUGHES" is a tour-de-force duet musical that twists and turns.
   
Princess and the Pea  
Chicago Kids Company at Beverly Arts Center Princess and the Pea
 
Only a real Princess can feel a PEA under a stack of 20 mattresses! Meet Princess Penelope and her crazy friends-and find out if she can pass the ultimate Princess Test. You won't want to miss this great show-and the 12-Foot Bed! The show runs one hour with no intermission, and is targeted for kids aged 2 to 12.
   
Pseudo-Chum  
Neo-Futurists Pseudo-Chum
 
The stage blood is in the water. Pseudo-Chum is three plays-within-a-play that juxtaposes the creation (The Rehearsal) and the production (The Performance) of Chum with the destruction of the playwright (The Interview). The Interview is the story of the playwright who wrote the play Chum as a protest against the government-sanctioned systematic destruction of sharks along the coast of Australia. Is the playwright a bold activist or a shark-like opportunist? Or is he just a high functioning alcoholic spiraling into an abyss? The Performance is the play Chum, the story of a shark fishing family lost at sea struggling over the impending death of the patriarch. Tensions flare and violence ensues. The Rehearsal shows the true nature of the actors who will sell their souls in exchange for success. Fame, like chum, attracts the sharks.
   
Romulus  
Oracle Theatre Romulus
 
ROMULUS is Dürrenmatt's tragicomic rehashing of the fall of the Roman Empire under the supervision of its final emperor. Or, according to the Swiss absurdist playwright, it's an "historical play with no historical basis." The barbarian hoards are at the gates, the city is in shambles, and Romulus is counting the eggs laid by his prize chickens. Everyone around him is confounded by his willingness to surrender - it is suicide! As his home crumbles and his wealth is drained, our antihero asks for more wine. However, it's all part of his plan: let the morally bankrupt empire collapse and restore balance to the world. Gore Vidal's 1962 adaptation serves as a cautionary tale about the current crisis of American government: if the empire collapses, will the new empire be any better? Oracle is transformed into the pool patio of a derelict mansion where audiences join Romulus's garden party of abdication.
   
Shadow Town II: The Johns  
Her Story Theater at Mayer Kaplan Theatre Shadow Town II: The Johns
 
A play about men who buy girls for sex and what it costs, the demand side...is a ground breaking world premiere written and directed by Mary Bonnett. It's a follow up to her highly successful Shadwo Town, a play about sex trafficking of girls in Chicago, the supply side. Shadow Town II: The Johns follows the life of Chase Johnson II and his family members. Living a comfortable life on the north shore of Chicago, Chase, his son, his daughter's fiance all weave in and out of the world of Baby Girl, a 15 year old trafficked girl who best friend is imaginary. Shadow Town II: The Johns is a world where fantasy becomes reality, reality becomes fantasy and trust is only in the eyes of the believer. Shadow Town II: The Johns also explores how we raise our girls and boys in a culture where the status quo and social norms are not at question.
   
Social Creatures  
Tympanic Theatre Company at The Den Theatre Social Creatures
 
Barricaded inside a theater, seven people desperately try to survive while the outside world falls apart. But the unnamed danger might come from a place that's much scarier than any zombie or horror film. With tempers high and resources dwindling, these survivors are forced to confront a force within themselves that may have led to our end-times.
   
Solitary Confinement  
Jedlicka Performing Arts Center Solitary Confinement
 
From playwright Rupert Holmes, whose Accomplice was a hit last season for JPAC, comes this rarely performed gem. In Solitary Confinement, an eccentric and reclusive multi-millionaire becomes the intended murder victim of a crazed psychopath. Contacted and taunted by the murderer, his isolation has made it nearly impossible to summon help as he awaits the inevitable. Holmes has been a success in everything from songwriting to novels and more, but he's probably best known for his 1985 Tony Award-winning musical Drood and his 2007 Drama Desk Award-winning book for the Broadway musical Curtains.
   
Splatter Theater  
Annoyance Theatre Splatter Theater
 
A parody of Friday the 13th type movies, the characters in “Splatter Theater” include such archetypes as a nun, the school jock, the virgin, the class dick, and of course the bumbling old man. Laugh and watch them all die in different ways: Tongue pulled out, drill in the head, intestines being ripped out, slashed throat, and the list goes on. With freshly painted white walls on the stage before each performance, the audience will be horrified and delighted by the end, when the walls are covered in blood! Directed once again by Annoyance regular Charley Carroll.
   
Storytown  
Stage 773 Storytown
 
From superheroes to undersea adventures, princesses to dinosaurs, Storytown takes you on an interactive, fully improvised adventure. The actors use audience suggestions and ideas to create a different story every week. Kids design the setting and help shape the story. The actors, artists and musicians bring it to life. When the possibilities are endless, no two stories are ever the same.
   
Strandline  
A Red Orchid Theatre Strandline
 
A richly comic, searing drama by Abbie Spallen, one of Ireland's most exciting playwrights and winner of the Steward Parker Trust Award and the The Susan Smith Blackburn Prize. In a small coastal village in Northern Ireland, three local women reluctantly join Mairin, an outsider and an artist, in mourning the death of her husband. Everyone is there for a reason, but each has a bloody good reason not to be there. With mythical echoes, Strandline turns a sharp eye on small-town social and economic realities.
   
The Submission  
Pride Films and Plays at Apollo Theater The Submission
 
Shaleeha G'ntamobi has written a knock out play about a family in the projects and it's just been accepted into the prestigious Humana Festival. Problem is: Shaleeha is actually a pseudonym for Danny, a young gay white playwright. When he hires Emilie, a black actress to play the "author," one bad decision starts a downward spiral into chaos. The Submission is a fierce and hilarious drama about privilege, obsession, misappropriation and the lies we tell to get what we want.
   
Supernatural Chicago  
Castle Supernatural Chicago
 
"Is it real? Or isn't it?," marvels the Chicago Tribune. So will you, when you experience this funny and slightly creepy one-man show by Neil Tobin, Necromancer that explores the true stories of Chicago's paranormal past, and brings them to life for the audience through interactive demonstrations of psychic magic. It all takes place in the landmark (and reputedly haunted) Excalibur nightclub.
   
Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street  
Porchlight Music Theatre at Stage 773 Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street
 
One of Sondheim's most beloved pieces, based on the Victorian era serial, this Tony and Olivier Award-winning musical is a spine-chilling masterpiece of obsession, retribution and culinary curiosity telling the tale of London barber Benjamin Barker (Porchlight Artistic Associate David Girolmo). Torn from his family and exiled for 15 years on a miscarriage of justice, Barker returns home to a city as corrupt as when he left. Hell-bent on revenge after learning the agonizing fate of his wife and daughter, he assumes the guise of Sweeney Todd and takes up his razors to dish out a brutal recipe of justice with the help of infatuated and enterprising meat pie-maker Nellie Lovett (Porchlight Artistic Associate Rebecca Finnegan). Sweeney Todd is the latest collaboration between multi-Jeff Award-winners Michael Weber and Doug Peck who, together, brought Pal Joey and Assassins to the Porchlight stage, both productions being nominated for the Best Production - Musical Equity Jeff Award.
   
Take Me Out  
Eclectic Theatre Company at Athenaeum Theatre Take Me Out
 
"Take Me Out," the Tony-Award winning script by Richard Greenberg, explores the aftermath of a Major League Baseball player, Darren Lemming, coming out as gay to his teammates and friends. The Empires, the fictional team in question, is made up of a racially diverse group of players who greatly respect each other, but keep to their own ethnic groups. A relief pitcher, Shane Mungitt, is brought up from the team's Triple-A affiliate in North Carolina. Mungitt proves to be very naive and unaware of the impact his personal prejudices and stereotyping have on his teammates. In a rivalry game, Mungitt throws one pitch to Lemming's best friend, a player on the rival team, changing the course of the game. Lemming is distraught by the outcome, and even as the team goes on to win the World Series, talks about retiring from baseball.
   

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