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The Paranoid Style In American Politics  
First Floor Theaer at Flat Iron Arts Building The Paranoid Style In American Politics
 
Six young far-right wing campaign staffers set out to win an Illinois Senate seat, when leaks from inside the campaign threaten to unravel their mission completely. Toeing the line between personal and political, this thrilling new work challenges audiences to see both sides of the characters, and confront their own prejudices in the process. Paranoid Style is a fast-paced, unrelenting political thriller-- as secrets and ideologies bump up against one another, the hunt for the leak in the campaign becomes increasingly heated and the whole campaign lurches towards political ruin. Inspired by a seminal political essay of the same name, this new play simultaneously explores the spectrum of conservative ideologies and psychologies while tensions rise and relationships are sacrificed for beliefs.
   
Penelope, O Penelope  
Theatre Y at St. Luke's Lutheran Church Penelope, O Penelope
 
Named the best French creation of 2008, PENELOPE, O PENELOPE comes out of Homer's Odyssey, told from the modern day perspective of the hero's devoted and lonesome wife. In this new translation by artistic director Melissa Lorraine, Dinah awaits her husband's return from war after twenty years, with a vengeful suitor hungry at her door. Elias-the war-riddled, hero-turned-vagabond-searches for redemption from his bloodshed and a way home from spirits and memories alike.
   
The Power Of Prom  
Annoyance Theatre The Power Of Prom
 
Written as a loving tribute to the 80's, the show combines elements of the songs, movies, television shows, and pop-culture that epitomized the decade.
   
The Princess and the Pea  
Marriott Theatre In Lincolnshire The Princess and the Pea
 
When Prince Wellington (Jeff Award winner Alex Goodrich) is forced into choosing a bride by his mother, Queen Evermean (Jeff Award winner Susan Moniz), all the princesses in the land line up to pass the "Princess Test." Trouble arises when the Prince falls in love with a commoner, Ruth (Jeff Award nominee Dara Cameron), instead of a "true" princess! To satisfy the Queen, Ruth must prove her worth by passing her own test, which requires her to sleep on a giant stack of mattresses piled on top of a single pea. If she endures a sleepless night due to the pea - of which she has no knowledge - she must be sensitive enough to be a real princess.
   
Red Handed Otter  
A Red Orchid Theatre Red Handed Otter
 
Not long ago, Paul had a girlfriend, a cat, and few complaints. Now? Well, at least he's got his health. In between shifts at their security guard posts, Paul's work buddies try to cheer him up. In this comedy by one of New York's hottest emerging playwrights, Paul's friends' awkward (and hilarious) attempts to console him may just prove that some comforts only come on four legs.
   
Redux  
Sirens at Under The Gun Theater Redux
 
Sirens' Redux is a fully-improvised show that brings new insights to everyday relationships. Using quick concentrated scenes that flow into longer, more complex scenes, audiences will enjoy watching Sirens' years of familiarity and agility as they weave funny and interesting tales. Through emotionally grounded characters, some personal anecdotes from the cast, and Sirens' usual quick wit, Redux explores the richness and the absurdity of the human condition with joyful abandon.
   
Return to the Forbidden Planet  
Jedlicka Performing Arts Center Return to the Forbidden Planet
 
Rarely produced sci-fi songfest Return to the Forbidden Planet was originally billed as "Shakespeare's forgotten rock-n-roll musical." The script by Bob Carlton is loosely based on the 1956 classic "B" movie Forbidden Planet which, in turn, is loosely based on William Shakespeare's The Tempest. The play features a kitschy setting and a soundtrack full of '50s and '60s rock 'n' roll hits from the Animals, the Byrds, the Beach Boys and more. The campy juke-box musical redux won the Olivier Award for Best Musical when it first opened on London's West End in 1989 and now it makes its Chicago-area premiere at the Jedlicka Performing Arts Center in Cicero.
   
The Royal Society of Antarctica  
The Gift Theatre The Royal Society of Antarctica
 
The Royal Society of Antarctica, follows Dee (Aila Peck) as she returns to her birthplace at the blindingly bright McMurdo Station in Antarctica to work as a janitor and seek answers to her mother's disappearance in this wonderfully weird and touching new play perfectly suited to The Gift's intimate space.
   
Saintly Cherub  
Annoyance Theatre Saintly Cherub
 
n a city filled with "long form" and "short form" improv, "Saintly Cherubs" breaks the pattern with what they call "The Coloring Book" form. The audience walks into a room filled with childlike melodies, and performers coloring with crayons on large paper pads. The drawings get passed around, performer to performer, and become the inspiration for the improv that follows. Tim Lamphier says, "by passing the pad to one another the art gains a new perspective. We continue thus until we've created 4 different works of art that aren't entirely one person's vision. The abstract drawings enable our imaginations to continuously transform the piece...and we improvise based on our observations."
   
Sense and Sensibility  
Chicago Shakespeare Theater Sense and Sensibility
 
Jane Austen's deliciously charming romance is full of wit, passion and now, glorious song. This world premiere musical from Tony Award-nominated composer Paul Gordon was specially commissioned by CST for the 2014/15 Season. Under the masterful hand of Artistic Director Barbara Gaines, beautiful melodies trace the lives of Elinor and Marianne Dashwood-two sisters whose fortunes change following their father's untimely death. One cool and deliberate, the other consumed by youthful passion, their quest for suitable husbands unfolds in a period-perfect production that will set your spirits soaring.
   
Snow White, the Queen's Fair Daughter  
Overshadowed Theatrical Productions Snow White, the Queen's Fair Daughter
 
This classic tale has all the familiar elements-the seven dwarfs, mirror, glass coffin, and apple. Fearing her secret might be discovered, the Queen abandons Snow White deep in the woods where she comes upon the small house of the industrious seven dwarfs.
   
Song About Himself  
Theater Oobleck at Storefront Theater Song About Himself
 
Set in a dystopian near-future in which the internet has been essentially destroyed by viruses and malware, and people communicate in little more than mumbles, Song About Himself is the story of Carol ― a woman looking for human interaction of any kind, and made extraordinary by her ability to speak relatively clearly ― who signs in to a mysterious social media site created by a rogue artificial intelligence within the Web itself, only to find that, strangely, she is its only member. The secrets she uncovers there will either cure or break her lonely heart.
   
Spring Awakening  
Fearless Theatre at Charnel House Chicago Spring Awakening
 
In this newly revamped version of Frank Wedekind’s 1891 play, a group of classmates gather for a party in an abandoned mortuary. As the festivities progress, the students are forced to navigate a maze of adolescence and are ultimately left with the choice between walking the same path as their parents or forging their own.
   
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.
   
A Swarm of Spoilers  
Under The Gun Theater A Swarm of Spoilers
 
Whether you're Team Tyrion, or a Daenerys diehard, odds are you're overly eager to dive into season five of HBO's Game of Thrones. Before the newest round of power plays, double-crosses and gory fates unfold, get your fantasy fix with A Swarm of Spoilers, Under The Gun Theater's unofficial parody "recapitation" of the award-winning series. The spoof breaks down all the sex, drama and battles of the first 4 seasons. You'll be transported from Chicago directly to Westeros and Essos as this production crams in as many of the hit show's characters and plots as it can fit into a single hour of comedy. Plus, A Swarm of Spoilers dares to kill off the characters that George R.R. Martin let's live.
   
That's Weird, Grandma  
Barrel Of Monkeys at Neo-Futurists That's Weird, Grandma
 
An assortment of scenes and songs created by Chicago Public School students and produced by actors, musicians, comedians and playwrights. The hour-long show changes each week, based on audience votes.
   
Three Sisters  
The Hypocrites at The Den Theatre Three Sisters
 
The Hypocrites explore the absurd, existential comedy of Chekhov's Prozorov sisters, whose daily lives in a drab provincial town pale in comparison to their imagined futures in the big city. Director Geoff Button follows the gradually building devastation that results from the sisters' comic missteps.
   

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