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Blaxploitation: The Remix


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MPAACT's first-ever comedy show doesn't lack for courage, taking on sensitive issues of race, class, and politics in 90 minutes of silly, surreal, or scathing sketches and songs. Five actors bring great attitude to scenes that tackle conservative pundit William Bennett's linking of crime to the births of black babies, place Hurricane Katrina in historical context, and make FEMA's ineffectiveness a punch line. Other funny sketches depict bigotry in a household of superheroes, spoof urban music, and demonstrate the drawbacks of having an imaginary friend in adulthood. Writers Kevin Douglas, Inda Craig-Galvan, and Carla Stillwell haven't sufficiently focused all the sketches to garner great laughs or make a biting point every time, but the show is still bold and entertaining. Through 12/4: Thu-Fri 8:30 PM, Sat 8 PM, Sun 3:30 PM. Victory Gardens Theater, 2257 N. Lincoln, 312-871-3000. $20.

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