Luck of the Irish | Next Theatre Company | Theater & Performance | Chicago Reader
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When: Thursdays-Sundays. Continues through Feb. 23 2014
Price: $30-$45
Rex and Lucy Taylor were affluent, cultivated, and stable. They shouldn't have had any problem buying a house. But in the Boston suburbs during the 1950s, the fact that they were black was, of course, an automatic deal breaker. So they found a white couple to act as "ghost buyers": for a fee, Joe and Patty Donovan agreed to buy a house on the Taylors' behalf and then transfer title to them. Now, 50 years later, Rex and Lucy are dead; granddaughters Hannah and Nessa assume they've inherited the house. But the Donovans insist the title is still in their name. Playwright Kirsten Greenidge takes an interesting premise—albeit a flimsy one, inasmuch as a simple phone call to the Suffolk County Registry of Deeds (617-788-6221) would decide the issue—and buries it in tangents about competitive sisters, misbehaving children, shadowy associates, and the possibility of an interracial affair. Cora Vander Broek's tightly wound Patty, Mildred Marie Langford's cool Lucy, Lily Mojekwu's endearing Hannah, and Chris Rickett's diffident Joe go a long way towards making the mess interesting. —Tony Adler



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