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International Cultural Festival

Through 6/6: times vary; see website

Billed as a "cultural montage of music, theater, film, and dance from around the world," this first annual event, hosted by Black Ensemble Theater, is a globetrotting celebration of art and expression. Highlights include a performance by the Japanese percussion ensemble Tsukasa Taiko and a screening of the Romanian documentary After the Fall: HIV Grows Up. $10-$30
Black Ensemble Theater Cultural Center (map)
4450 N. Clark St.
phone 773-769-4451


Our New Girl

Through 6/28: Thu-Fri 8 PM, Sat 5 and 8 PM, Sun 7 PM

Irish playwright Nancy Harris pairs a cliched scenario with a fresh one in this 2012 drama about a too-good-to-be-true nanny who moves in with a do-gooder doctor, his pregnant stay-at-home wife, and their young son. The women’s adversarial, All About Eve dynamic initially feels stale, but Harris takes the story in an unexpected direction by delving into the housewife’s profound dissatisfaction with motherhood. As the focus of the play shifts, we get an honest and bracing debunking of the myth that all women instinctually find changing diapers fulfilling. In Joe Jahraus’s fast-paced, high-intensity staging, the excellent Sarah Chalcroft plays the unhappy mom like a trapped animal—panicky, prone to lashing out, and radiating indignation from every pore. —Zac Thompson $35-$40

Profiles Theatre, Main Stage (map)
4139 N. Broadway
phone 773-549-1815


The December Man

Through 6/28: Thu-Sat 8 PM, Sun 7 PM

On December 6, 1989, Marc Lépine, claiming he was fighting feminism, shot and killed 14 women at the École Polytechnique in Montreal and injured 14 more people before shooting and killing himself. Colleen Murphy's new drama begins two years later and travels backward in time to show how Lépine also indirectly kills Jean Fournier, an engineering student who was in the classroom where Lépine started his massacre and can't live with the survivor's guilt, and Jean's adoring parents, Kathleen and Benoit, who can't live without their son. Barbara Roeder Harris and Mike Speller turn in strong performances as Kathleen and Benoit, but the play itself drags on and isn't nearly as moving as it seems intended to be. —Aimee Levitt $25, $20 students and seniors

Mary-Arrchie Theatre Company (map)
Angel Island, 731 W. Sheridan Rd.
phone 773-871-0442


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