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Eleemosynary 

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Lee Blessing's 1985 play is about more than spelling big words. Its three generations of women--a mother, daughter, and granddaughter--hunger for the knowledge behind an arcane vocabulary. They pursue education as a means of liberation, whether literal or spiritual, from oppressive expectations--or at least as compensation for the emotional sacrifices they make. The play's universe is highly verbal, which allows little opportunity for the Moving Dock Theatre Company to display its trademark kineticism. But in this intimate venue, the mobile faces and captivating ebullience of performers Dawn Arnold, Julie Douglas, and Bethany Caputo engage our sympathy immediately and irrevocably. Through 10/1: Thu-Fri 8:30 PM, Sat 8 PM, Sun 3:30 PM, Victory Gardens Theater, first-floor studio, 2257 N. Lincoln, 773-871-3000, $20-$25.

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