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Louie and Ophelia 

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Romance in middle age can be complicated. It may mean balancing children, ex-spouses, jobs, ambitions. In Gus Edwards's charming tale, warmly directed by Paul Carter Harrison, a working-class black couple fall in love and struggle to maintain a relationship without giving up their old dreams, habits, and commitments. Ophelia is a cold go-getter fiercely devoted to the idea that her children become professionals while Louie is a gregarious family man who just wants to build a home. Together, Juliette Ferguson and Oba-William King paint a real, gently humorous portrait of contemporary love and its trials. Through 11/6: Thu-Sat 8 PM, Sun 3 and 7 PM. ETA Creative Arts Foundation, ETA Square, 7558 S. South Chicago, 773-752-3955. $25; two for one Thu and 7 PM Sun (except closing night).

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