Principal Principle Closing (Theater and Galleries) Member Picks Recommended The Short List (Theater)

When: Thursdays-Sundays. Continues through May 18 2014

Chicago playwright and former public school teacher Joe Zarrow achieves something remarkable in his dark comedy, about a Teach for America-like teacher adrift in a fictional CPS high school. He has succeeded in crafting an entertaining play about education that re-creates all the quirks and craziness of modern education without lapsing into either cynical hopelessness or Hollywood-style superteacher fantasies. His dialogue feels authentic, and his characters are flawed but likable human beings, not mouthpieces for this or that ideology. Director Scott Bishop's fine cast brings out the best in Zarrow's material. McKenzie Chinn blazes as a fiery radical determined to teach no matter what faddish obstacles the administration throws in her way. And Arya Daire is chilling as the narcissistic, oblivious principal. —Jack Helbig

Price: $18-$27

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