(All Warehouse performances are held in the Warehouse Theatre, 104 Willis Ave.)
The Smell of the Kill
[Dark Comedy, PG-13 for Dark Themes]
7:30 p.m., Sept. 26-28, 2013; 2 p.m. Sunday matinee, Sept. 29
By Michele Lowe
Settled in the North Chicago suburb of Wilmette, Nicky, Debra and Molly have tolerated one another for years during dinners arranged by their husbands who are old college roommates. For the first time, while preparing dessert, the trio exchange confidences and discover that all three of their marriages are on the brink of disaster, and the three women are facing the challenges of their lives. When the men mistakenly lock themselves in a basement meat locker, the women are faced with a tough life-or-death decision: leave the men out in the cold permanently? Or let them out to thaw?
The How and the Why
[Adult Contemporary, PG-13 for Mature Themes]
7:30 p.m., Oct. 31-Nov. 2, 2013; 2 p.m. Sunday matinee, Nov. 3
By Sarah Treem
An up-and-coming graduate student, Rachel Hardeman, meets Zelda Kahn, an established senior faculty member, and the exchanges between student and teacher quickly reveal that there’s more history lurking under the surface. This intimate and keenly perceptive play, from playwright Sarah Treem of HBO’s In Treatment series, explores science, survival of the fittest and the difficult choices women of every generation face.
[Coming-of-age Comedy, PG-13 for Sexual References]
7:30 p.m., Feb. 20-22, 2014; 2 p.m. Sunday matinee, Feb. 23
By Catherine Trieschmann
Fourteen-year-old Laney is an aspiring writer with an imagination that is as off-kilter as her awkward adolescence. But when Laney ends up in Oxford, Mississippi with a mother in crisis after a divorce and a twisted back, faith is up in the air. When she befriends Maribel, a fervent believer in the power of Jesus Christ to save her, Laney’s love for storytelling spirals out of control. Laney embarks on a hilarious spiritual and sexual journey that challenges her mother’s secular worldview and discovers that divine and earthly love may not be so far apart.
Desdemona: A Play About a Handkerchief
[Comedy, PG for Sexual References]
7:30 p.m., April 10-12, 2014; 2 p.m. Sunday matinee, April 13
By Paula Vogel
Desdemona, having slept with Othello’s entire encampment, revels in her bawdy tales of conquest. Her foils and rapt listeners are the other integral and re-imagined women of this Shakespeare tragedy: Emilia, Desdemona’s servant and the wife of Iago, and Bianca, now a majestic whore of Cyprus. The Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Paula Vogel turns Shakespeare’s Othello upside down to take a glimpse into the lives of the infamous women in Shakespeare’s world and what challenges they faced.