Jabari Dreams of Freedom | Ruth Page Center for the Arts | Theater & Performance | Chicago Reader

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When: Tuesdays-Sundays. Continues through May 1 2016

Nambi E. Kelley’s didactic but gracefully written play, receiving its world-premiere production from Chicago Children's Theatre, tells the story of Jabari, your average electronics-obsessed student, who over its course learns to appreciate the importance of figures in black history. Pitched to elementary-school kids ages nine and up, the message of the show doesn’t go much deeper than "Here's this noteworthy person" (insert Martin Luther King Jr.), "Here's this one" (insert President Barack Obama), but the production, directed by Lili-Anne Brown, is lively and entertaining, full of energetic dances and interesting, eye-pleasing costumes (by Mieka van der Ploeg) and sets (by William Boles). Brown’s fine ensemble delivers the kind of tight, polished, committed performances one wishes one saw more often in shows for grown-ups. —Jack Helbig

Price: $28-$39


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