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Coco Elysses, Kamal Angelo Bolden, Kelvin Roston, Jr., and Tyla Abercrumbie

Coco Elysses, Kamal Angelo Bolden, Kelvin Roston, Jr., and Tyla Abercrumbie

Michael Brosilow

When: Nov. 8-Dec. 15 2013
Price: $25-$72
In the early hours of July 23, 1967, officers of the notoriously brutal Detroit police department raided a "blind pig"—an unlicensed bar—on the city's black west side, touching off riots that killed 43 people and burned out hundreds of buildings. That catastrophe is just the backdrop for Dominique Morisseau's drama. In the foreground are grown siblings Lank and Chelle, who run a blind pig of their own and fall to fighting over what Chelle regards as Lank's reckless optimism. Not only does he want to invest their small inheritance in a legit bar (shades of Raisin in the Sun) but he starts falling for a white woman he rescued when he found her wandering the streets, badly beaten. Some elements don't mesh in Ron OJ Parson's production. Chelle and Lank listen to the previous year's music and their wardrobe looks more '65 than '67, Chelle's cautious temperament doesn't jibe with professional party-giving and Caroline—the white woman—seems to recover awfully fast. But the emotional integrity is there. To borrow a simile from the script, I loved Parson's five-member cast like potato salad. —Tony Adler

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