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Crimes of the Heart


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The three McGrath sisters of Hazelhurst, Mississippi, are having a bad day. But with courage, perseverance, and a few bouts of hysterical laughter, they meet its challenges and survive to face the future. Beth Henley's dark comedy received a Pulitzer in 1981, and Frank Merle's staging for the Keyhole Theatre Company amply demonstrates why. The pacing is brisk, the acting uniformly focused and unaffected--Lisa Butterfield, Wendy Hart, and Erin Killean even look like siblings. This may not be Chekhov, but the characters have some of the complexity of his three sisters, and at 100 minutes Crimes of the Heart is a lot more fun. Through 4/9: Fri-Sat 8 PM, Sun 7 PM, no show Sat 3/4, Josephinum, 1500 N. Bell, 773-805-5055, $20.

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