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Liz Lauren

The Sign in Sidney Brustein's Window 

When: Wednesdays-Sundays. Continues through June 5 2016
Price: $20-$85
Had Lorraine Hansberry not been dying from pancreatic cancer as her final play was being prepared for its 1964 Broadway opening, she might have had time and energy to shape something cohesive from nearly three hours of promising material. Instead she left a series of discursive, issue-skipping encounters among a coterie of self-described bohemians struggling to find something to believe in. The central dilemma—Brustein’s risking becoming an “insurgent” by backing a friend in a local political race—carries scant weight, as Hansberry barely sketches the election’s political contours. It’s not until act three, somewhere around the two-hour mark in director Anne Kauffman’s unhurried Goodman production, that a series of focused, volatile two-person scenes provides palpable urgency. The rest is low-stakes tumult with little dramatic import. —Justin Hayford
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