Crimes of the Heart | Theatre Momentum Studio | Theater & Performance | Chicago Reader
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When: Fridays, Saturdays. Continues through Oct. 11 2014
Price: $20
All unhappy families are alike; each dysfunctional play is dysfunctional in its own way. In Three Brothers Theatre's staging, Beth Henley’s black comedy is nearly as flawed as the southern-gothic family it chronicles. The story begins on the 30th birthday of Lenny MaGrath, the oldest of three sisters, who’s spent her 20s nursing her ailing grandfather to the exclusion of her own desires and ambitions. Everything that happens to her on this day is a tragedy—she learns her old pet horse has died, her only gift is an impossibly cheap box of drug-store candy ruined by her sister Meg (who's just out of the loony bin), and, oh, her youngest sister, Babe, is reeling after shooting her abusive husband. The sisters may be living true misery, but most of the acting makes a kind of sticky-sweet parody of the futility of their situation, the feigned southern manners casting a blanket of awkward sentimentality over the proceedings. —Jena Cutie



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