Pill Hill | ETA Creative Arts Foundation | Theater & Performance | Chicago Reader
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When: Thursdays-Sundays. Continues through Aug. 9 2009
Price: $30
Comedy and tragedy mix as six African-American buddies--current or former steelworkers who aspire to live in Chicago's affluent Pill Hill enclave--meet periodically between 1973 and 1983 to play cards and shoot the bull. The 1988 script by Samuel L. Kelly (like August Wilson, a protege of Lloyd Richards at Yale) isn't perfect: the most interesting character, a successful lawyer, is also the most erratically written. But otherwise the scenes ring true in their carefully differentiated characters, historically layered delineations of racial prejudice, and sense of loss as the friends grow apart. Director Aaron Todd Douglas elicits lively ensemble work, and costume designer Ari Fulton has a great time with the period, character-perfect threads. --Laura Molzahn

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