If you think delivery scenes in movies are intense try watching it unfold directly in front of you. In The Gift Theatre’s intimate space, audience members are never more than a few feet from the action onstage. This feeling of intimacy has never been more obvious than in the opening moments of this summer’s supernatural-tinged “Mine,” in which a woman (Hillary Clemens), with the help of her husband (Gabriel Franken) and a midwife (Alexandra Main), gives loud, painful birth to her first child in an inflatable Birth Pool in a Box in the couple’s bedroom.
The Gift Theatre, 4802 North Milwaukee, (773)283-7071. thegifttheatre.org
Best of Chicago 2013