Crimes of the Heart | Athenaeum Theatre | Theater & Performance | Chicago Reader

Crimes of the Heart The Short List (Theater) Closing (Theater and Galleries)

When: Thursdays-Sundays. Continues through June 14 2015

Beth Henley’s oft revived 1981 Pulitzer Prize winner is probably the most well-known example of a genre you could call southern gothic lite. In the course of the play, a number of strange and unpleasant events—mostly having to do with sex, violence, death, and animal endangerment—befall the three Magrath sisters of Hazlehurst, Mississippi, but you just know everything will turn out fine as long as there’s fresh lemonade in the icebox. It’s ultimately pretty toothless, dark themes notwithstanding. In Step Up Productions‘ bright, colorful, and period-perfect take, director Brad Akin and his appealing cast make an admirable effort to keep things from getting cartoonish. But there’s only so much they can do with a script that substitutes quirks for character development. —Zac Thompson

Price: $24, $17 students and seniors


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