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The Other Cinderella


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In the Kingdom of Other we meet a poor girl from the projects who's been abused by her foster family, a gentle prince with a street-savvy servant (who looks uncannily like Riley from The Boondocks), two would-be lovers wary of each other's complexions, and a white girl from Kansas seeking citizenship. Add a Jamaican-accented "fairy godmomma" and a musical score ranging in style from Broadway to rap, and it's easy to see why Jackie Taylor's sly commentary on our society has been a favorite since its 1976 premiere. Sophisticated sound equipment and snappy pacing may enhance the 2005 incarnation, but the heart of this fable is still its tolerance, wisdom, and exuberance. Through 1/14: Fri 8 PM, Sat 3 PM, Black Ensemble Theater, Uptown Center Hull House, 4520 N. Beacon, 773-769-4451, $35.

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