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The PAC Rats Theatre Company South Suburban College will present “The Mousetrap” Sept. 21-22. | Supplied Photo

The PAC Rats Theatre Company of South Suburban College will present “The Mousetrap” on Sept. 21-22. | Supplied Photo

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Updated: October 21, 2012 1:13PM



Think of live theater as a TV show devoid of commercials and lacking an option to change the channel.

Then you’ll have no problem transitioning from your living room couch to an auditorium seat this weekend.

‘The Mousetrap’

The PAC Rats Theatre Company of South Suburban College will present Agatha Christie’s murder mystery masterpiece “The Mousetrap” at 8 p.m. Sept. 21-22 in the Kindig Performing Arts Center at the school, 15800 State St., South Holland.

The play centers on a group of strangers who are stranded in a boardinghouse during a snowstorm, and on the mysterious killer among them.

“You may arrive thinking you may know what to expect, but in no time at all, you are totally involved in a tale where each and every character could be the killer,” a school spokesperson said in a news release.

Tickets are $8 for adults, $6 for ages 55 and older and $6 for students and ages 12 and younger.

Information: (708) 210-5741, boxoffice@ssc.edu.

‘Defamation’

The Beverly Arts Center, 2407 W. 111th St., Chicago, will host a performance of Chicago playwright Todd Logan’s original courtroom drama “Defamation” at 8 p.m. Sept. 22.

In the play, a black professional woman sues a wealthy Jewish businessman for defamation.

The twist? The audience is the jury.

Logan said the real issues on trial are race, religion and class, all of which the audience-jury must openly untangle in order to reach a verdict.

“I wanted to write a play that encourages greater tolerance and understanding by spurring self-examination and promoting compelling civil discourse,” Logan said.

The play runs 70 minutes, followed by 15 minutes of open jury deliberation.

After a verdict is reached, audience members can explore the issues further during a question-and-answer session with the playwright and cast.

Tickets are $20 for general admission and $18 for Beverly Arts Center members.

Information: (773) 445-3838, beverlyartcenter.org.

‘Deathtrap’

The Tinley Park Community Theater Group will perform Ira Levin’s Tony Award-nominated two-act play “Deathtrap” at 7:30 p.m. Sept. 22 and 2:30 p.m. Sept. 23 at the Tinley Park Performing Arts Center, 16801 S. 80th Ave.

In the play, a Broadway playwright plans to take credit for a student’s script by luring the student to his house to kill him.

Tickets are $13 per person.

Information: (708) 342-4200.



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