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Nice Girl The Short List (Theater) Image Closing (Theater and Galleries)

When: Thursdays-Sundays. Continues through March 11 2018

Melissa Ross's 2015 play is set in 1984, but putting aside the dialogue's frequent profanities, it recalls realist dramas of the 1950s such as Paddy Chayefsky's classic Marty. Its shy protagonist, Josephine (Lucy Carapetyan)—an unmarried 37-year-old secretary living with her widowed mother (Lynne Baker) in the Boston suburbs—is stuck in a lonely life of quiet desperation, fearful of becoming—in her words—an "old maid." On the eve of her 20th high school reunion, she reconnects with a handsome former classmate (Benjamin Sprunger), now separated from his wife. Perhaps it's the start of a new chapter in her life, if she's willing to turn the page—and if the audience is willing to accept a contrived second-act plot twist involving Josephine's comically coarse pal Sherry (Stella Martin). This modest little work is well acted in its Chicago premiere under Lauren Shouse's direction at Raven Theatre. —Albert Williams

Price: $43, $38 seniors and teachers, $15 students and military

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