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Saturday, Aug. 20, 2011

Crimes of the Heart

Today @ Broadway Theatre Center, 4 and 8 p.m.

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Beth Henley's dramatic comedy Crimes of the Heart is a touching, character-driven look at small-town life in America. Director Mary MacDonald Kerr admirably handles the delicately written work in Milwaukee Chamber Theatre's season-opening production. The central plot concerns three grown sisters, played here by Laura Frye, Laura Gray and Georgina McKee. Laura Frye makes a standout debut for Milwaukee Chamber Theatre as the youngest sister, Babe. Babe has just shot her husband, a very influential lawyer, in the stomach, but she's flippant about the situation, even if it means life imprisonment. A young, inexperienced lawyer (played by Neil Haven) picks up Babe's case.