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Home, the 1980 play, was nominated for a Tony. Home the Musical makes it difficult to understand why. Adapted by the original writer, Samm-Art Williams, and composer Grenoldo Frazier, the musical has little character development or complexity. And it's difficult to follow the 13-year odyssey of Cephus Miles (Lawrence R. Thompson in a one-note performance) as he moves from a small southern town in the 1950s to jail as a draft dodger, then on to the city's temptations. Yet the musical numbers are wonderfully done, with peppy choreography and sterling singing, and occasional gemlike moments reveal the different facets of small-town life. The show brightens whenever Desla Epison is onstage: she gives Pattie Mae, Cephus's true love, energy and humor. Through 8/27: Thu-Sat 8 PM, Sun 3 and 7 PM, ETA Creative Arts Foundation, ETA Square, 7558 S. South Chicago, 773-752-3955, $25, two for one Thu and 7 PM Sun (except closing night).

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