Found Objects Theatre Group presents second year MFA playwright Mark Chrisler‘s “On Loss” in conjunction with Rhinofest, the longest-running multi-arts fringe festival in Chicago. Staged at Prop Theater, Chrisler’s series of vignettes looks at how people express themselves when dealing with loss. A review of the show can be found on Chicagoreader.com. “On Loss” continues through 2/3: Fri 9 PM, $12-$15 or pay what you can. Prop Thtr, 3502 N. Elston Ave. 773-539-7838.
The side project in Chicago takes us back to the last hour in the life of Joan of Arc as seen through the lense of playwright Jacob Juntunen and director Cecilie Keenan. Joan’s Laughter, a world premiere, will run May 13-June 17. For tickets and information, visit www.sideproject.net or call 773-973-2150.
16th Street Theater presents DENTAL SOCIETY MIDWINTER MEETING by Laura Jacqmin, directed by Megan Shuchman. Featuring Julie Ganey, Todd Garcia, Michael Mercier, Fawzia Mirza, Rakisha Pollard, and Paige Smith. “Laura Jacqmin’s superbly written script about conventioneering dentists grappling with various crises—faltering marriages, insurance fraud, midlife anomie—is packed with believable dialogue, fascinatingly flawed characters, and short, punchy scenes. Directed by Megan Shuchman and acted by a tight six-member ensemble, the 85-minute show grabs on and doesn’t let go until Jacqmin has completed her moving meditation on hypocrisy and human frailty.”—Chicago Reader. February 24–March 26, 2011; Thursdays & Fridays at 7:30 PM, Saturdays at 5:00 & 8:00 PM. Visit 16th Street Theater online for tickets and more information.