Black as Eye Wanna Be | Congressional Church of Jefferson Park | Theater & Performance | Chicago Reader
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When: Fri., Aug. 29, Thu., Sept. 4 and Sat., Sept. 6 2014
Price: $10
Between badass music and dance moves that would make a stripper pole shudder with delight, Black as Eye Wanna Be—performer Po'Chop's burlesque homage to blackness—certainly doesn't leave the senses wanting. Po'Chop, of Vaudezilla burlesque, has already demonstrated a knack for compelling black characters. But it's hard to say how they're supposed to cohere in this show, which starts with a physical "unpacking" of black icons via a burlap bag and gets followed by a piece that lumps together Emmett Till and Michael Brown Jr. with a misplaced spoken-word piece. Far better are the moments when Po'Chop is just Po'Chop—irreverent, playful, and with moves so slick they even manage to pull stage from Lauryn Hill. Part of the Chicago Fringe Festival. —Chloe Riley



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