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When: Thursdays-Saturdays. Continues through Nov. 10 2013

Playwright Bruce Norris picks at matters of race and real estate in this canny Pulitzer Prize winner, set in the same fictional all-white Chicago neighborhood that gets its first black residents at the end of Lorraine Hansberry's A Raisin in the Sun. News of Clybourne Park's impending integration causes an uproar in the first act; by 2009, when act two takes place, the community is predominantly black but has begun to gentrify. In both halves, a polite neighborhood meeting quickly turns into a donnybrook. Steve Scott's fraught and funny production benefits from tense performances and close quarters at Redtwist Theatre's tiny storefront space. Pat Whalen is especially strong as a nerdy bigot in act one and a tightly wound yuppie in act two. —Zac Thompson

Price: $25-$30