The Black White Love Play | Black Ensemble Theater Cultural Center | Theater & Performance | Chicago Reader

The Black White Love Play The Short List (Theater) Recommended Image Closing (Theater and Galleries)

When: Thursdays-Sundays. Continues through Nov. 1 2015

The Black Ensemble Theater is known for its jukebox musicals about African-American musical giants—Etta James, Curtis Mayfield, Marvin Gaye, Nina Simone. But the subjects of The Black White Love Play are a journalist and a lawyer: Roger Ebert, longtime film critic for the Chicago Sun-Times, and his wife, Chaz Hammelsmith Ebert, an attorney who left her law career to manage Ebert's business ventures. Roger was the first film critic to receive a Pulitzer Prize, a world-famous TV pundit and author of dozens of books. Chaz, a former civil rights attorney, is a shrewd businesswoman who helped parlay Roger's celebrity into a multimedia miniempire; she's also a philanthropic supporter of education and arts organizations including the Art Institute, After School Matters, and yes, the Black Ensemble. Roger and Chaz were a Chicago power couple until Roger's death in 2013, at age 70, following a long battle with cancer. Continue reading >>

Price: $55-$65, $49.50-$58.50 seniors

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