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August Wilson's ten-play cycle on African-American life ends with this well-made but definitely minor look at gentrification and the loss of roots. It's funny and sometimes thought provoking, but not transcendent. Kenny Leon's staging features fine work from Hassan El-Amin as Harmond Wilks, a black real estate developer and potential mayoral candidate bent on razing the home of the late Aunt Ester, the spiritual heart of Pittsburgh's Hill district, and from Anthony Chisholm as the tetchy coot who changes his heart. But the stakes seem far lower than in other Wilson plays, and the arguments between Wilks and his money-worshipping partner feel recycled: they could have come from any play in the last 30 years about black pride vs. Uncle Tomism. --Kerry Reid a Through 2/18: Wed 7:30 PM, Thu 2 and 7:30 PM, Fri 8 PM, Sat 2 and 8 PM, Sun 2 and 7:30 PM, Sat 1/27, 8 PM only, Goodman Theatre, 170 N. Dearborn, 312-443-3800, $20-$68.

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