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The Midwest Premiere of Horton Foote’s “The Old Friends” at Raven Theatre

Lori and Jo for webIf old friends were indeed synonymous with old money, the latest production of Horton Foote’s play wouldn’t need a translator, or even a reviewer. Most people could just trade one word for another and leave it at that. The exchange would be unspoken, unacknowledged and not at all unnecessary.

That’s not what the Raven Theatre, 6157 N. Clark St. in Edgewater, seeks to do, however, in its latest play addressing wealth, family and power set in a fictional Texas town in the 1960s.

That’s the short version. The longer story of “The Old Friends,” fleshed out in all its curves, twists and older, more established roots, is how women choose to use what they have to get what they want.

It doesn’t end well, in this female-dominated social scene lacking self-imposed restraints or limits, where exaggerated style and flair are clumsy substitutes for what could easily be gained from a simple glance around the room.

Besides, it’s quieter that way.

Foote died in 2009, the author of nearly 100 plays, teleplays and screenplays, including “The Trip to Bountiful,” “Tender Mercies,” and — probably his most well known — the 1962 film “To Kill a Mockingbird.”

Director Michael Menendian leads a nine-member cast in a production that is both violent and subdued, loud and muted, aware and unaware. Performances continue through March 26, Thursdays through Saturdays at 7:30 p.m. and Sundays at 3 p.m.

Tickets are $42 ($39 if purchased online), with reduced prices for seniors, students, teachers and members of the military.

For more information, visit www.raventheatre.com, or call 773-338-2177.


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