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Profiles Theatre returns to LaBute, Mamet for 2014–15 season

Works by Sharr White and Kate Walbert join the usual suspects

Photograph: Michael Brosilow
Khalil Lesaldo, Joseph W. Moore III, Megan Hickey and Paul Dillon in the 2013 production of Hellcab at Profiles Theatre

Profiles Theatre has announced five of six titles for its 2014–15 season, beginning with the none-too-suprising choice of Neil LaBute. Reasons to Be Happy (August 22–October 12 at Profiles' Main Stage space) marks the theater's 11th Chicago premiere by the prolific playwright. Darrell W. Cox directs the companion piece to LaBute's previous reasons to be pretty.

The fall also marks a return to David Mamet, as Joe Jahraus helms a production of Mamet's 1994 The Cryptogram (September 26–November 16 at Profiles' Alley Stage). It's followed by the company's third annual staging of Will Kern's Hellcab (November 7–January 11 at the Main Stage), directed by Eric Burgher.

Jahraus will helm the Chicago premiere of Sharr White's The Other Place (February 13–April 5, Main Stage), which earned a Tony Award nomination for Steppenwolf ensemble member Laurie Metcalf last year in its Broadway bow. It will be the second Profiles production of White's work in the span of a year, as the company announced last month it will stage his Annapurna this summer.

Cox will direct the season's one announced world premiere, a dinner-party-revelations drama called Genius (March 13–May 3, Alley Stage). The new work is by Kate Walbert, author of the novel A Short History of Women. The final show of the season, to run in the Main Stage in May and June of 2015, remains to be announced. Profiles' current production of Mike Bartlett's Cock continues through May 25.

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