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When: Thursdays-Sundays. Continues through April 12 2015

Previously, playwright Rohina Malik wrote and performed Unveiled, a one-woman show voicing perspectives from five Westernized Muslim women navigating the depths of that cultural cesspool, modern America. In her new play—first developed while she was in residency at Goodman Theatre—Malik gives us another five Muslim women, these treading desert sand on a pilgrimage to Mecca, for four of them their first. The play questions feminine orientation from angles both physical and religious. As Muslims, the women must face Mecca when praying, but spiritually too, they constrict themselves with regard to men, children, pain, and acceptance. This subtle and beautiful play, financed in part by a grant from the Chicago Community Trust, marks Chicago Dramatists' first production in more than a year. With work like this, may the funds keep rolling in. —Chloe Riley

Price: $33-$40

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