Sweet Home Closing (Theater and Galleries) The Short List (Theater)

When: Thursdays-Sundays. Continues through March 11 2012

Keith Josef Adkins's new allegorical play starts out with all the sci-fi promise of Little Shop of Horrors. Banished from the perfect town his father established, a nerdy, clubfooted black teen named Demus stumbles into Sweet Home, an urban wasteland from which all the black boys disappeared ten years before. Did a monster, drugs, or cannibals do them in? The mystery builds as the citizens of Sweet Home fight over Demus, projecting their dreams and fears onto him. Earl Alphonso Fox is especially hilarious as a turgid father-figure/bully trying to rebuild the place in his own image. But that thing that killed all the black boys? As it turns out, it's too mundane to justify all the slapstick posturing in this MPAACT production—and too pedantic, as well, since the moral, that black boys are a resource that needs nurturing, is obvious early on. —Asher Klein

Price: $15-$23

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