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The Colored Museum Closing (Theater and Galleries) Recommended The Short List (Theater)

When: Fridays-Sundays. Continues through June 27 2010

No-holds-barred performances carry the day in this Congo Square Theatre Company production of George C. Wolfe's 1986 sketch revue, a sometimes lacerating satire of African-American stereotypes. Director Anthony Irons and his ensemble infuse Wolfe's over-the-top comedy with a red-hot intensity, exposing the anguish and anger beneath the caricatures. Ron Conner is snap queen Miss Roj, while Ericka Ratcliff plays the glittering diva, Lala Lamazingrace; Alexis Rogers has a turn as the "mama on the couch" in Wolfe's parody of A Raisin in the Sun; and Bakesta King lays a huge egg symbolizing the future of black America. Samuel Roberson delivers a harrowing portrayal of a dead soldier come back to life to heal his comrades' pain by killing them. --Albert Williams

Price: $25

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