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Last September the Museum of Contemporary Art had to postpone its first-ever participation in the Hip-Hop Theater Festival, which organizes showcases nationwide. But the varied lineup of local and national talent scheduled now suggests the wait was worth it. Thursday night features festival founder Danny Hoch in Till the Break of Dawn, which unites a love of Cuba with hip-hop politics, Marc Bamuthi Joseph (whose solo Word Becomes Flesh played at the MCA earlier this year) in a new piece, Scourge, and Will Power (who wrote a hip-hop take on Aeschylus's Seven Against Thebes) in Flow, directed by Hoch. On Friday, Congo Square Theatre Company stages an excerpt from Chadwick Boseman's Deep Azure, which it performed in full in 2005, and UrbanTheater Company gives Buck Wild, by rising local playwright Idris Goodwin, a reading. But the entry that sounds most intriguing is Saturday's Hop-Fu, in which DJs Excess and IKL do battle on turntables as accompaniment to the 1982 Hong Kong film Prodigal Son. Thu-Sat, 5/4-5/6, 7:30 PM, Museum of Contemporary Art, theater, 220 E. Chicago, 312-397-4010, $10-$22.

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