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The Glory of Living 

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Playwright Rebecca Gilman tends to focus on big themes--racism, sexism, how American systems fail individuals. In this unflinching 1996 work, based on the true story of the youngest U.S. woman sentenced to death, a 15-year-old girl marries an auto thief who convinces her to procure young girls for his pleasure, then murder them. She doesn't refuse--but she calls 911 so the dead girls won't stay lost. One of Gilman's early plays, The Glory of Living isn't as pedantic as later scripts like Boy Gets Girl. It isn't as focused or rich either, and this staging by Carla Russell fails to probe whatever psychological depths and mysteries it might have. Through 11/27: Thu-Sat 8 PM, Sun 7 PM. Profiles Theatre, 4147 N. Broadway, 773-549-1815. $13-$22.

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