If Scrooge Was a Brother | Kennedy-King College Theatre | Theater & Performance | Chicago Reader

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When: Fridays, Saturdays. Continues through Dec. 20 2014

ETA Creative Arts revives playwright Ekundayo Bandele's update of A Christmas Carol, where Ebenezer Scrooge isn't so much a wretched miser as a racist one despite being black himself. A slumlord obsessed with showing his value in a city that systematically undervalues black men, he hurls abuse at his black family and friends—a painful case of if you can't beat 'em, join 'em. The irony, of course, is that by distancing himself from his blackness, he blackens his soul. Interspersed throughout are holiday tunes in bold, difficult a cappella arrangements unevenly sung here; the long and meandering script ends with all the brio of a voice trailing off. —Jena Cutie

Price: $30

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