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AnJi White and Kelvin Roston Jr.

AnJi White and Kelvin Roston Jr.

Lara Goetsch

When: Wednesdays-Sundays. Continues through April 10 2016
Price: $38-$51
In one of many suffocatingly somber moments in Dominique Morisseau’s hit 2013 play, former black revolutionary Kenyatta intones, “The man in the mirror is the scariest revolution there is.” Tell that to Fred Hampton. Morisseau’s inability to distinguish psychobabble from radical politics—or to paint the legacy of the black liberation movement in anything but the broadest of strokes—might be forgivable if it resulted in compelling drama. But her story of Kenyatta’s efforts to reconnect with his long-abandoned daughter Nina, now selling small-time drugs with her big-dreaming thug boyfriend Damon, is implausibly contrived to the point of melodrama (the stilted, explain-everything-as-we-go dialogue doesn’t help). Director Ron OJ Parson gets searing performances from his cast, then compromises their efforts with unaccountably sluggish pacing. —Justin Hayford

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