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THREE TO SEE: This Week's Theater Recommendations

By Melody Udell in Arts & Entertainment on Jun 28, 2013 4:00PM

Bailiwick's production of Mahal sets the stage for exploring cultural identity and family ties.

Multicultural theater is the trend this week on the Chicago stage.


Making its Chicago debut, Belleville is a hybrid psychological thriller/comedy/drama that follows a young American couple adapting to their multi-ethnic Paris neighborhood. Expect a couple surprising turns, shaky relationships and a mini-study of expat culture. The show runs through Sunday, August 25.

Steppenwolf Theatre, 1650 N. Halsted, 312-335-1650 or online.


A Filipino-American family struggles with loss, family ties and a long-held secret that might tear them apart. But aside from those more familiar themes, playwright Danny Bernardo sheds a little light on cultural identity and assimilation. The show runs through Friday, August 2.

Bailiwick Chicago Theater at Stage 773, 1225 W. Belmont, 773-327-5252 or online.

Inner Voices

Catch the last two performances of Inner Voices, a wholly entertaining dark comedy from Italy’s Piccolo Teatro di Milano. After the Cimmaruta family is accused of murder, suspicions run high and family loyalties quickly break down. The show runs through Saturday, June 29.

Chicago Shakespeare Theater, 800 E. Grand Ave., 312-595-5600 or online.