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In David Emerson Toney's comic tragedy, inspired by Shakespeare's Richard III, three African-American brothers in late-60s Cleveland struggle to find success and love while hiding family secrets. The first act does little but set the story up, and under Kamesha Jackson's direction the actors seem swallowed by the stage--the monologues drag, the dialogue rings false. But in the second act, once the sparkling Corvet Williams enters as the woman who inadvertently causes the brothers to reveal all, the play comes across as tightly plotted, funny, and resonant. Williams's charisma brightens up the other actors, especially Ethan Henry as a character who doesn't let cerebral palsy get in the way of his happiness. Through 4/9: 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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