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When: Thursdays-Sundays. Continues through July 30 2017

In his unfortunately titled solo show, Michael Washington Brown performs monologues purporting to demonstrate the “distinct differences” and “very definite similarity between Black people from all walks of life.” Well, just four, and all men: a music-loving African-American, a brainy Londoner, a paternal Jamaican, and a generic African, all primarily concerned with local, national, and global disunity among black people. Their musings range from provocative (can a Britisher ever feel “black enough?”) to insupportable (black people have a “natural sense of danger”). Whatever the case, they do little but hold forth during their extended, discursive speeches; they’re bundles of convictions and concerns rather than people. Brown is a graceful performer with a knack for accents, but he never lets us gets below his characters’ skin. —Justin Hayford

Price: $27, $25 students and seniors


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