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Crimes of the Heart
Oil Lamp Theater
Glenview, IL
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Crimes of the Heart
This quirky and touching dark comedy will be directed by Elizabeth Lovelady and will open on September 6th.  Elizabeth is excited to be returning to Oil Lamp where she previously directed The Dining Room by A.R. Gurney.  

Set in Hazlehurst, Mississippi in 1974, Crimes of the Heart tells the story of the Magrath sisters, three wounded siblings, who have gathered to await news of their hospitalized grandfather and family patriarch. Lenny McGrath (Laura Coleman), the eldest sister, is unmarried and facing diminishing marital prospects. She has taken on the role of mother to her sisters after the untimely death of their mother. Meg McGrath, (Cristiana Barbatelli), the middle sister, has just returned from the West Coast after a failed attempt to launch a singing career. Babe (C. Jaye Miller), the youngest, has just been bailed out of jail after shooting her husband in the stomach. Chick (Jaclyn Holtzman), their priggish and insufferable cousin, seems only too pleased to stir up gossip and rehash old family scandals.

Into this disturbing but hilarious world of dysfunction comes Barnette (Sam Hicks), an awkward young lawyer who hopes to rescue Babe from her legal predicament -- while also finding himself helpless not to fall in love with her. Rounding out the group is Doc Porter (Evan Johnson), Meg's former flame whom she ditched after a brief tryst five years earlier during Hurricane Camille.

Glenview's Oil Lamp Theater often presents shows that explore relationships, and Crimes of the Heart is certainly one of them but with a difference! This piercing comedy conjures up the Southern gothic atmosphere of Eudora Welty and Carson McCullers, but at the same time, the Magrath sisters  provide a loopy effervescence that lets us find both delight and hope in this odd, dysfunctional family.

The New York Post said of this show, "It has heart, and a surprisingly zany passion that must carry all before it  It would certainly be a crime for anyone interested in the theater not to see this play"  and New York Magazine said, "From time to time a play comes along that restores one's faith in our theater"

This play runs approximately 2 hours and 20 minutes with an intermission.

By popular demand, Oil Lamp is extending Beth Henley's "Crimes of the Heart" through October 20th. Because the play is set in Mississippi, the financial challenges of the times and the community are ever present in the story. These challenges seem a million miles from our own community, which is so richly blessed. However, here in our midst are thousands of individuals who struggle every day just to have a decent meal.

So, in association with the Northfield Township Food Pantry, Oil Lamp Theater is proud to offer a helping hand to those individuals. Members of the community who bring nonperishable food items such as canned goods, cereal, macaroni and cheese, jelly, pasta and sauce with them to the theater will receive $2.00 back from the price of their ticket. All food items that are contributed will then be given to the Northfield Township Food Pantry for distribution.



Oil Lamp Theater (View)
1723 Glenview Road
Glenview, IL 60025
United States

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Kid Friendly: No
Dog Friendly: No
Non-Smoking: Yes!
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes!


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