Steppenwolf Theater, Chicago
July 3-Aug. 31
This one earns a look because it's the new play written by Bruce Norris (right) and directed by Pam MacKinnon (left), the duo whose collaboration on Norris' "Clybourne Park" yielded a Pulitzer and a Tony. MacKinnon describes "The Qualms," centering on a swingers' party that's thrown into upheaval when a new couple joins the group, as a biting look at monogamy, jealousy and marriage. "Like 'Clybourne Park' in a way, it's very much a marriage play about what happens between couples," she said. "Monogamy may not be hardwired into our limbic systems, but free love may not be either."