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2019-04-10

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Herland, Redtwist Theatre, through April 14—Empowered by Bruce Springsteen anthems, four women of diverse ages, intents and erotic impulses vow to determine their own destinies, whether destiny mandates pantsuits, jacuzzis or smashing guitars. MSB

Sweat, Goodman Theatre, through April 14—Lynn Nottage's Pulitzer-prize drama is so well-written, so well-acted and so often funny that you don't realize how its small change adds up, bit-by-bit, to something big and potent. Don't miss. JA

Bright Star, BoHo @ the Greenhouse, through May 5—Although saddled with a predictable story, this tender and sincere musical soars with a wonderful, bluegrass-inspired score which a fine company plays, sings and dances to a "T." JA

Southern Gothic, Windy City Playhouse South, open run—The second year and location ( South Loop's Motor Row ) for Leslie Liataud's audience-immersive, liquor-fueled comedy about changing times in Georgia. There are drinks/nibbles included, so experience it for yourself. MSB

—By Mary Shen Barnidge and Jonathan Abarbanel


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