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LaMarr J. Kidd and Kyle Smith

LaMarr J. Kidd and Kyle Smith

Sam Roberson

When: Thursdays-Sundays. Continues through March 5 2017
Price: $27, $25 students and seniors
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In this Congo Square Theatre production, homeless tap dancer Lazy Boy (Kyle Smith) is gunned down by police in his makeshift Chicago encampment. His death inspires a ragtag band of revolutionists to revolt for justice, compassion, and recognition. The group includes clairvoyant street artist Blind Man (Lionel Gentle), animalistic Freda (the uproarious Velma Austin), and wheelchair-bound Preacher Man (Lyle Miller), whom the movement crowns, with a tinfoil coronet, its Hobo King. Javon Johnson’s script is a palpable call to action, stitching together dance elements and rousing rhetoric to convey a timely and urgent message. The play's demands are forceful and its execution is fluid, but some of the passages are excessively turgid. —Max Maller

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