Ten Square | Pegasus Players | Theater & Performance | Chicago Reader
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When: Thursdays-Sundays. Continues through Nov. 22 2009
Price: $15-$25
In the not-too-distant future, thanks to the reparations movement, the federal government has ceded Chicago south of Roosevelt Road to African Americans, granting them self-governance. It's a fascinating premise, but if playwright Shepsu Aakhu wants to salvage his ponderous, ineffective new play--offered here in a Pegasus Players/MPAACT coproduction--he'll first have to explain how Chicago's south side got to be a walled-in penal colony with black guards who gun down anyone coming within 100 yards of the perimeter. Then he'll have to find a story in his static scenes, which mostly outline ideas, and tell that story through dramatic action rather than poetic speechifying. But given the dearth of political and ethical complexities he draws from such inherently volatile material, it may not be worth the trouble. --Justin Hayford



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