Steel Beam Theatre, 111 W. Main St. in St. Charles, will present "Making God Laugh" on Oct. 13 to Nov. 5. Performances will be 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and 3 p.m. Sundays. Tickets are $28, $25 for seniors, $23 for students, or $22 for groups of 10 or more. For tickets, visit www.steelbeamtheatre.org.
In the play, written by Sean Grennan and directed by Richard Pahl, holidays make or break every family. Follow Ruthie and Bill's grown children -- a priest, an aspiring actress, and a former football star -- all return home, where we learn of their plans and dreams as they embark on their adult lives. The empty-nester parents contend with their own changes, too, as old family rituals are trotted out and ancient tensions flare up. As time passes, the family discovers that, despite what they may have in mind, they often arrive at unexpected destinations.