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Butterflies Are Free

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Leonard Gershe's 1969 romantic comedy, about a young blind man who breaks free from his smothering suburban mother and finds love in Greenwich Village, is more interesting as an artifact than as art. The tightly structured story couldn't be more predictable, and Gershe's sense of what groovy kids were up to then is as square and sanitized as you'd expect from a show that played on Broadway nearly three years, then was turned into a Hollywood film starring Goldie Hawn. Still, Gershe's witty dialogue and well-crafted characters can be charming, as they are in this North Lakeside Players production: as the lovers, Stephen Lydic and Breahan Pautsch perform with heart and energy. Through 9/24: Fri-Sat 8 PM. No show Sat 8/27. North Lakeside Cultural Center, 6219 N. Sheridan, 773-293-1358. $15.

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