The How and the Why | TimeLine Theatre Company | Theater & Performance | Chicago Reader

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When: Wednesdays-Sundays. Continues through April 6 2014

Twenty-eight-year-old grad student Rachel Hardeman tiptoes into Professor Zelda Kahn's Cambridge office (Harvard? MIT?) with such diffidence that you half expect her to change her mind and tiptoe back out, no one the wiser. She doesn't do that. And yet she doesn't go so far as to make her presence known, either. She simply stands there—timidly, it seems—waiting for the professor to look up from her papers and register her presence. It's the last time you'll see Rachel do anything at all suggesting timidity. The rest of Sarah Treem's engrossing The How and the Why has her plowing through a wide, wild, occasionally frightening array of behaviors, from trembling anger to jaw-dropping arrogance, paranoia to despair. Continue reading >>

Price: $35-$48

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