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Survival of the fittest is the subject of The How and the Why by Sarah Treem (writer of Netflix’s House of Cards and HBO’s In Treatment) at Chicago’s TimeLine Theatre on 615 W. Wellington Avenue, now through April 6. “There are not a lot of stories about women—professional, historical, relational and physical—like The How and the Why,” notes Director Keira Fromm. “It has been called a deeply feminist play, but I see it more as a humanist story told from a female perspective.” For tickets, call 773-281-TIME or visit

Stephen Karam’s Sons of the Prophet directed by PJ Paparelli performs through March 9 at American Theater Company on 1909 W. Byron Street. For details, visit

Chicago’s Golden Soul written and directed by Jackie Taylor runs through March 30 as does It’s All-Right To Have A Good Time (The Story of Curtis Mayfield) at the Black Ensemble Theater Cultural Center on 4450 N. Clark Street. For tickets ($55-$65), visit or call 773-769-4451. Valet parking as well as discounts for students, seniors, veterans and groups are also available.

Profiles Theatre Artistic Director Joe Jahraus directs Gidion’s Knot by Johnna Adams at Chicago’s Alley Stage on 4147 N. Broadway through March 9. Tickets ($30-$40) can be ordered at

Under the direction of Jeff Award winner John Gawlik, Michael Patrick Thornton leads the cast—Donna McGough, Darci Nalepa, Brittany Burch, Paul D’Addario, Gabriel Franken, Lynda Newton, and Jay Worthington—in the Chicago premiere of Thinner Than Water by Melissa Ross. The show officially opens on March 31 at the Gift Theatre on 4802 N. Milwaukee Avenue. Tickets ($20-$35) are available at and at 773-283-7071.


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