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When: Fridays-Sundays. Continues through Jan. 3 2016

The looming figure in this black family drama by playwright Nikkole Salter is as sympathetic as they come: a woman knocked down to avoid the high cost of repairing her. On Christmas Eve, poor, middle-aged Lois arrives at the home of her cynical, wealthy cousin, Chuck, with twin obsessions: joining the class-action lawsuit for descendants of Tulsa race riot survivors, and proving her father was cheated out of the family business by Chuck’s dad. Charismatic performances highlight Salter’s wit and control, as when Chuck and Lois’s son amuse each other with a canny series of preposterous activist slogans. But when Salter conspicuously drops the lawsuit plot to focus on Lois’s gripe with Chuck, what results feels short on epiphanies. —Jena Cutie

Price: $35, $25 seniors, $15 students

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