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Can You Hear Their Voices? 

Hallie Flanagan was a professor at Vassar when she and Margaret Clifford, a former student, wrote and produced this 1931 drama. A "living newspaper" play that weaves journalists' statistics and stories into a tale about anguished regular folk, the work is rarely performed nowadays. But Jacob Juntsen and director Bernadine Ann Tippit have adapted the script to reflect our own period of wartime uneasiness in this Camenae Ensemble Theatre Company staging. They add a scene that juxtaposes ancient quotes on war, work, and class with present quotes, and they project dismal recent statistics on the economy and job loss. Their hearts are in the right place, but the production rarely rises above a polemic, and the play itself hardly seems worth resurrecting. Through 11/21: Thu-Sat 8 PM, Sun 3 PM. Steep Theatre, 3902 N. Sheridan, 773-856-5318. $10-$15, plus a $1 off for each nonperishable food item donated (up to $5); $35 for Sat 10/30 (includes postshow reception).

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