Seek and Ye Shall Find | Apollo Theater | Theater & Performance | Chicago Reader

Seek and Ye Shall Find Closing (Theater and Galleries) Member Picks The Short List (Theater)

When: Mondays, Wednesdays, Saturdays, Sundays. Continues through June 8 2013

Sentell Harper's one-man show, presented by Mortar Theatre Company, takes on too much in an effort to deconstruct the black gay community. The show follows its protagonist, also called Sentell, on an unexpected el ride that lands him in black gay alternate universe, where he's confronted head-on by the community he feels alienated from. Numerous characters pass through, telling stories of coming out, reconciling church and sexuality, secret relationships, and HIV scares. Harper is a charismatic performer, bringing humor and humanity (and some song and dance) to sympathetic characters, but each man's story felt garbled when mixed with so many others'. The message that we are all "worth keeping" is admirable, but might've been better presented through a single man's journey toward self-acceptance. —Marissa Oberlander

Price: $10-$15

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