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Three To See: This Week's Theater Recommendations

By Melody Udell in Arts & Entertainment on Oct 3, 2014 9:05PM

'Native Son' at the Court Theatre. Photo by Michael Brosilow.

Tension, whether its economic, societal or racial, abounds on the Chicago stage this week.

All My Sons
Arthur Miller’s classic play is based on a true story about a businessman who is haunted by the fact that his manufacturing company sold defective parts to the U.S. Air Force, which resulted in 21 deaths during WWII. The show runs through Saturday, Nov. 15.

Raven Theatre, 6157 N. Clark St., 773-338-2177 or online.

The Commons of Pensacola
Actress Amanda Peet’s playwriting debut revolves around a formerly wealthy family whose money was lost by their corrupt financier father, who now sits in jail for defrauding his clients. Sound familiar? The show runs through Sunday, Oct. 19.

Northlight Theatre, 9501 Skokie Blvd., Skokie, 847-673-6300 or online.

Native Son
Based on the Richard Wright novel, Native Son follows the exploits of Bigger Thomas, an uneducated, young black man in the 1930s who elevates racial tension and moral ambiguity on Chicago’s South Side. The show runs through Sunday, Oct. 19.

Court Theatre, 5535 S. Ellis Ave., 773-753-4472 or online.