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Keith Surney and Jerico Bleu

Keith Surney and Jerico Bleu

Reginald Lawrence

When: Thursdays-Sundays. Continues through Nov. 20 2016
Price: $28-$32
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This well-acted MPAACT world premiere has an interesting premise. Small-town teenagers Jarrod (Kejuan Darby) and Rayna (Sierra Buffum), a black boy and white girl, riskily defy prejudice as an interracial couple, until Rayna goes away to college and severs ties with Jerrod. Fifteen years later, the two reconnect when Rayna—now a transgender male named Ryan (Jerico Bleu)—comes to work at a high-end Chicago ad agency where grown-up Jarrod (Keith Surney) is an executive. As the former lovers try to negotiate their new relationship, Shepsu Aakhu's well-meaning but jumbled drama tackles a host of issues—racism, gender identity, sexual orientation, workplace protocol—but ends up leaving a tangle of loose plot threads dangling at the play's inconclusive and unconvincing ending. —Albert Williams

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