Samuel J. and K. | Steppenwolf Theatre | Theater & Performance | Chicago Reader
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When: Saturdays, Sundays. Continues through March 13 2011
Price: $15-$20
Mat Smart's poignant, often humorous portrait of two brothers raises pointed if occasionally contrived questions about racial and familial identity. American-born white slacker Samuel J. (Cliff Chamberlain) takes his hard-charging adopted sibling, Samuel K. (Samuel Roberson Jr.), on a graduation trip to Cameroon, where the latter was abandoned as an infant. In a neat inversion, it's Samuel J. who finds himself most at home in the West African nation. Adroitly directed by Ron OJ Parson for Steppenwolf for Young Adults, Chamberlain and Roberson really soar in the script's bookending basketball games, and Chamberlain nails the soul-churning anguish of a man who doubts he'll ever fit in the world. --Kerry Reid



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