A timely and provocative drama about “the best-kept secret” in Chicago, “Jane,” an underground abortion service that operated from 1969 to 1973. This network, run by a feminist collective of mostly middle-class housewives and students, was the one safe alternative for about 11,000 Chicago women of all backgrounds. Read more and order.
This satirical play chronicles a woman’s modern journey for romantic and self-understanding in an opinionated, self-absorbed, highly individualized urban world. In its study of heterosexuals, the play goes beyond cliched “battle of the sexes” material — such as Defending the Caveman — to make some original observations about the adversarial and competitive undercurrents ruling many relationships, especially among fellow artists. Read more and order.
The theme is the incalculable loss to society when artists die before their prime, whether because of AIDS or other tragedies. The drama takes place in the imagination of a former Nazi, Heinz. In modern times, he imagines a confrontation with a Jewish boyhood friend, Abraham, whom he had killed in a concentration camp. As he watches his son die of AIDS, he remembers Abraham’s childhood dreams of being a great doctor and inventing the cure to a terrible illness. Read more and order.