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When: Thursdays-Sundays. Continues through Feb. 21 2016

Born on a slave ship to a mother who died in childbirth and a father who committed suicide, raised by the Second Duke of Montagu (and eventually hired as valet to the First), accomplished man of letters, and the first black African to vote in Britain, Charles Ignatius Sancho surely has an amazing story. Unfortunately Royal Shakespeare Company member Paterson Joseph doesn’t tell it in his lively one-man show, appearing in a limited run as part of the yearlong Shakespeare 400 Chicago. Instead he sprints through biographical highlights—pausing to sing one of Sancho’s original songs or recite a monologue from a play Sancho performed—creating a sketchy portrait of the man and his virulently racist times. Joseph’s an engaging if overly mannered performer prone to making sure his audience knows how they should feel about every moment in the show. —Justin Hayford

Price: $38

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