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Black Gold Closing (Theater and Galleries) Member Picks Recommended The Short List (Theater)

When: Fridays-Sundays. Continues through Dec. 20 2008

Seth Rozin's fast-moving, wide-ranging satire follows the repercussions when a man discovers oil in his Detroit backyard. Suddenly finding itself significantly less dependent on foreign crude, the U.S. government pulls troops out of the Middle East, redeploys them to inner-city Motown, and starts trying to buy out the mostly black residents. When they resist, the Bush-like president has them interned in Comerica Park. Accused of racial insensitivity, he helpfully explains, "I like black people; it's poor people I can't stand." It's hard to muster much excitement for political humor so soon after an exhausting election, but Rozin's bracing, biting script--aided by Scott Vehill's merrily frenzied production--achieves the Swiftian feat of prompting both righteous anger and bitter laughs. --Zac Thompson

Price: $15-$20

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