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Kaye Winks

Joel Maisonet

When: Fridays. Continues through June 9 2017
Price: $13, $11 students
Kaye Winks goes for the jugular in her saucy new solo show about growing up black in a mostly white world. And who could blame her? Helped by great direction from Schoen Smith, Winks has a knack for uncomfortable, often hilarious jokes that speak to the greater ills of race in America. But it’s arguable that her talent isn’t evident so much in nailing unseemly stereotypes as in the subtle, self-deprecating humor that puts her squarely at the center of a thoughtful and reflective coming-of-age story. Bits about white friends from the suburbs, black cousins from the south side, and an exceptionally awkward holiday trip to the southern states are relatable, even humbling at times. —Matt de la Peña



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