The Last Saint on Sugar Hill | Greenhouse Theater Center | Theater & Performance | Chicago Reader
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When: Thursdays-Sundays. Continues through June 12 2011
Price: $15-$30
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Gentrification has a body count in Keith Josef Adkins's play about two brothers who find themselves at odds with their father, a black Harlem slumlord who takes a "fist-to-gut" approach to clearing tenants and squatters out of his suddenly valuable properties. Some of Adkins's dramaturgical devices are familiar--a homeless man recalls the crazy seers in August Wilson plays as he pricks the conscience of eldest son Dexter--and the ending is pat. But the thorny conflict between serving the inner city and feasting on it comes through clearly in Carla Stillwell's stringent staging for MPAACT. The interplay between the characters, particularly Mateo Smith's tightly coiled Dexter and Trinity Murdock's preening but poisonous patriarch, keeps things taut. --Kerry Reid

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