The Naked King: Whimsical Political Mash-Up of Three Hans Christian Andersen Tales
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The last date listed for The Naked King was Thursday June 23, 2011 / 8:00pm.
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Albert is an ex-con trying to build a better life for himself after some time spent unjustly imprisoned. Bitter and isolated, Albert's finally able to see a bit of light at the end of the tunnel when he finds a job working alongside his niece at Contrapasso's book restoration shop. Sure, some things certainly seem amiss at Contrapasso's, but Albert knows not to ask too many questions, and is happy to look the other way. That is, until it becomes clear that his new boss is a murderer. And when the police suspect Albert of the crimes, he'll have to prove his innocence by any means necessary. MadKap Productions' presentation of Corpus Delicti marks the world premiere of this tale of poetic justice from Chicago playwright David Alex. Learn More
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Featured review from MaryBeth Smith
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The actors were all marvelous! I was almost dizzy as they performed in many, many different roles and were never out of character. The script wasn't my favorite and the story a little light but it was a fun night. Not your normal play.
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- Read an <a target="_blank" href="http://couriernews.suntimes.com/entertainment/4259935-421/naked-king-mixes-politics-fairy-tales.html">article </a>about <em>The Naked King</em>.
Who says that fairy tales are for children only? Can the belief that love and honesty just might conquer all be held only by the youngest of us? The Naked King joyfully affirms the opposite. The calamities in the world are no match for the wit, ingenuity and love the characters in this play use as their weapons.
The plot charts the engaging journey of a swineherd, who falls in love with a princess and is sent into exile by her disapproving father. In the next kingdom, he discovers a monarch who has not been entirely honest with his people (does that ever happen in real life?). This whimsical and entertaining cocktail of three Hans Christian Andersen's fairy tales, The Swineherd, The Princess and the Pea and The Emperor's New Clothes, has some other tasty, original ingredients.