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Blues for an Alabama Sky Closing (Theater and Galleries) The Short List (Theater) Image

When: Wednesdays-Sundays. Continues through Feb. 12 2017

This contribution to the Harlem Renaissance Celebration in Hyde Park is a vibrant, thoroughly alive revival of Pearl Cleage's 1995 period tragicomedy. Against the backdrop of the Great Depression, three black tenants—a jazz singer, an openly gay costume designer, and a progressive family-planning activist—carefully negotiate their burgeoning artistic and social voices amid the sobering realities of financial distress and traditionalism within the African-American community. Cleage's script moves with the ease of a hangout comedy, and director Ron OJ Parson's sprawling production addresses vast American turning points (northern migration, religious and societal definitions of womanhood, sexual liberation) without ever losing sight of the characters' stories. —Dan Jakes

Price: $48-$68

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