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  • Race, family resentments in 'Don't Go Gentle'

     Race, family resentments in 'Don't Go Gentle'
    Resentments have a way of lingering like a bad smell. Such is the family dynamic at the center of Stephen Belber's sprightly (if somewhat frustrating) drama about a retired judge — white, conservative and staring down his mortality — who, in an effort to reassess some of his assumptions about people of color, invites a black single mother and her teenage son to live in his home.
  • Chicago theater openings for the week of June 5-11

     Chicago theater openings for the week of June 5-11
    FRIDAY | "Don't Go Gentle": A retired judge offers to help a woman facing legal troubles in this drama by Stephen Belber. It's produced by Haven Theatre. Through July 12 at Theater Wit, 1229 W. Belmont Ave.; 773-975-8150 or theaterwit.org SATURDAY |...

    'Power of Duff' at the Geffen: News, sports, weather (and prayer) at 11

    As the Brian Williams scandal suggests, we expect a great deal of our TV news anchors: eloquence, impartiality, polish, charisma, confidence without vanity. In times of disaster, we hang on their words with a childlike trust. Yet our adoration is tinged...

    L.A. theater openings, April 12-19: 'Loopholes: A Pain in the I.R.S.' and more

    L.A. theater openings, April 12-19: 'Loopholes: A Pain in the I.R.S.' and more
    It's a good week for world premieres with Rajiv Joseph’s fantastical new drama "Mr. Wolf," a musical adaptation of Jane Austen's "Pride and Prejudice" and the tune-filled satire "Loopholes: A Pain in the I.R.S." All About Murder Interactive...

    Review: 'Match'

    Review: 'Match'
    At the heart of writer-director Stephen Belber's "Match," a three-character drama based on his 2004 play, is a magisterial portrait of flamboyant loneliness by Patrick Stewart. A veteran dance teacher at Juilliard who politely declines social...