In the program notes for this show, playwright Melissa Maxwell writes that she’s paying tribute to a misunderstood aunt who had a great influence on her. But here the tale of Julia’s joys and hardships is unsatisfying, too abrupt and episodic to make for good theater. As a stifled daughter and a stern mother, Makeba Pace and Sharyn Michele Grose sporadically earn our empathy. And Terrance Watts and Ethan Henry make an impression as Julia’s suitors. But none of the characters’ relationships are fleshed out. And though director Ilesa Duncan tries, she can’t bring enough dramatic heft to what is essentially a string of major life events. Through 1/22: Thu-Sat 8 PM, Sun 3 and 7 PM, ETA Creative Arts Foundation, ETA Square, 7558 S. South Chicago, 773-752-3955, $25, two for one Thu and 7 PM Sun (except closing night).