Step back in time to 1819 Paris. In Eugène, based on Balzac’s The Human Comedy, Eugène, an ambitious student of a noble yet poor background, is envious of high society and strives to climb the social ladder. Despite encountering falseness and cynicism along the way, Eugène abandons his principles and suffers the repercussions of the machinations of a corrupt friend. Overly impressed by those with money, Eugène comes to question whether power can mix with happiness, or if love can coexist with ambition. See Eugène at Greenhouse Theater Center in Chicago.