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When: Thursdays-Sundays. Continues through Nov. 20 2016

Gail Parrish's new drama has exciting potential, but this world premiere by Polarity Ensemble Theatre reveals a sprawling, sometimes confusing script in serious need of restructuring and compression. It's the story of a 111-year-old African-American woman in Chicago whose singular mission is to heal the ancient wounds the legacy of slavery has left on her family—including the conservative white Mississippi governor with whom she shares some ancestors and her troubled young great-nephew, who refuses to accept that he is the father of a black baby with "white eyes." The play mixes history, genetics, and even supernatural elements as it jumps back and forth between past and present to chronicle a painful history that all Americans share. This is a promising work on an important subject, and director Ashley Honore Roberson's well-acted production is worth seeing, but Parrish needs to heighten the suspense inherent in the tale's premise. —Albert Williams

Price: $25, $20 seniors, $10 students


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