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O.C.Y.C.'s Volume Series

In a series of sketch-comedy shows over the last two and a half years, O.C.Y.C. Productions has assembled a giant conspiracy thriller whose complexity makes The X-Files look like a children's game. Ninjas, saboteurs, mutant talking cows, sarcastic monkeys in glass boxes, wrestlers who run for political office, and mad scientists bent on altering the fate of humanity have all figured prominently in the company's dystopian vision, expressed over the course of five productions. Now the mystery will be resolved in "O.C.Y.C.'s Volume Series," a two-week marathon that will bring back the first five episodes and culminate with the premiere of the final installment, O.C.Y.C.'s Volume Six: The Good, the Bad & Everybody Inbetween. Trying to absorb this intricate, ambitious narrative in successive episodes has been a monumental headache. And even in the series presentation, the troupe's overarching story line may still leave viewers perplexed. But O.C.Y.C. is worth checking out for its decidedly cracked brand of humor--a sort of cross between Pynchon-esque paranoia and cartoon slapstick--and its clever, anarchic multimedia approach, which combines live action with audio, video, and other technical effects. Heartland Studio Theater, 7016 N. Glenwood, 773-508-6960. Opens Monday, January 31, 8 PM. Through February 12: Mondays-Thursdays, 8 PM; Fridays, 8 and 10:30 PM; Saturdays, 8 PM. See theater listings for detailed schedule. $5 per show; $20 for a "Volume Pass" that allows entry to all shows.

--Nick Green

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