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When: Thursdays-Sundays, 8 p.m. Continues through Sept. 26 2010
Phone: 800-982-2787
Price: $15-$20
There's a lot to admire in Jacob Juntunen's unabashedly didactic new play about public housing, institutional racism, and the prison system--especially act two's scary, comic dreamscape, which simultaneously recalls Franz Kafka and L. Frank Baum. Too bad the central character, a Chicago Tribune reporter who moves into Cabrini-Green, is so relentlessly, gratingly implausible. She's shocked to discover that Cabrini sits near the Gold Coast, that its re-development is displacing thousands of people, and that black men go to prison at alarming rates. ("This story could be huge!" she cries. Similar groaners abound.) The cast mostly does a stand-up job, and Margaret Young serves with particular distinction. --Dan Weissmann

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