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Travis Turner

Michael Brosilow

When: Wednesdays-Sundays. Continues through April 15 2017
Price: $25-$45
Playwright and director Robert O'Hara revives his 2011 play for this Windy City Playhouse season premiere, consisting of semi-autobiographical vignettes about growing up queer and black. It's the most provocative and assertive work to come out of the young company to date; it's also an incredibly frustrating hodgepodge of compelling story fragments and overbaked sketch comedy. At center is an author (played by Travis Turner and transparently based on O'Hara) who seeks misguided advice from his parents, skewers academia's tokenism of black artists, and dabbles with infidelity. Scenes with limited premises, like a lesbian couple partaking in an ironic beachside divorce ceremony, start strong with bitingly funny performances, then run out of steam long before they're over. Worse, metatheatrical flourishes undercut dramatic scenes just as they're beginning to gain momentum. —Dan Jakes

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