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Black, White and Gray 

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Despite angels who curse like Beelzebub on a bender and a brief discussion of sexual politics, you can easily imagine this musical by Luther Goins, Craig Wilson, and Myrna Petlicki being presented by a neighborhood youth center. Two young men, one black and one white, are gunned down simultaneously by an unknown assailant. But with the assistance of heavenly guides, the deceased lads comfort their angry fathers, weeping mothers, and confused siblings. Under the direction of Ilesa Duncan and musical director Alan Paul, the exuberant cast forges an entertaining 90 minutes from this earnest if preachy parable, a product of Theatre Building Chicago's musical-theater development program. --Mary Shen Barnidge a Through 4/22: Fri 7:30 PM, Sat 3 and 7:30 PM, Sun 3 PM, Theatre Building Chicago, 1225 W. Belmont, 773-327-5252, $30.

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