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When: Thursdays-Sundays. Continues through Nov. 12 2017

Tarell Alvin McCraney's "Brother/Sister Plays" take us to an urban ghetto full of Yoruba deities, his Head of Passes to a bayou home where Job has been reincarnated as an elderly black lady. This 2012 work is conventional by comparison, but potent all the same. Set at a staid all-black, all-boys college prep school, it tells the familiar tale (Philip Roth's stories come to mind) of a smart, ambitious kid trying to keep his balance in a culture that only conditionally accepts him. That kid, Pharus, has been able to get away with being gay by virtue of his status as star of the school's vaunted gospel choir. McCraney's startlingly intimate writing totes up the cost to him and others. Under Michael Menendian's direction, Christopher W. Jones makes Pharus an affecting combination of cunning and vulnerability; choreographer Breon Arzell and music director Frederick Harris supply sharp musical punctuation. —Tony Adler

Price: $43, $38 seniors, $15 students and military

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