Grace | Performing Arts Review | Chicago Reader

The marriage of two evangelical Christians falls apart when they move across the country to get rich with a real estate scheme and the wife (a nuanced Chaon Cross) turns to her atheist next-door neighbor (a thoughtful, bitter Michael Shannon) for company. Though Craig Wright's play begins and ends with a gunshot and continually circles around issues of life and death, it gets bogged down by too many theatrical devices--time sometimes travels backward--and the plot implodes. Director Dexter Bullard keeps the story from getting confusing, but the play still has a contrived showiness. When Wright forgets the pyrotechnics and lets the characters try to articulate their beliefs to one another, however, it's both interesting and moving. Through 2/26: Tue-Thu 7:30 PM, Fri 8 PM, Sat 3 and 8 PM, Sun 2:30 PM, Wed 2/15, 1 and 7:30 PM, Sat 2/18, 8 PM only, Sun 2/19, 2:30 and 7 PM, Northlight Theatre, North Shore Center for the Performing Arts, 9501 Skokie Blvd., Skokie, 847-673-6300, $36-$54.

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