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Langston’s legacy

The Black Ensemble Theater continues its four-play season with My Brother Langston, written and directed by Rueben D. Echoles. The 90-minute play zooms into the life story of American poet Langston Hughes (Chris Taylor) with original dialogue, song, dance, and of course, readings of some of his most well-loved poems.  My Brother LangstonThrough 9/18: Fri […]

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A school full of song

The four years that young adults spend in high school are widely recognized as some of the most formative (and cringeworthy) years of their lives. It’s a space where they come face to face with their insecurities on a daily basis. For many, this space is a common site for first-time struggles related to academics, […]

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Dictator dictation

The energy in the Den Theater last Thursday was electric, as The Secretaries, written by Omer Abbas Salem and directed by Laura Alcalá Baker, made its highly anticipated debut with First Floor Theater. The dark comedic play was first developed through Goodman Theatre’s Future Labs and marks Salem’s first full production as a playwright in […]

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Space and race on the Chicago Metra

Tina Fakhrid-Deen’s latest play, Pulled Punches, gives audiences a close-up of a developing relationship between two characters, Isis (Melanie Victoria) and Charles (Brad Harbaugh), over the course of their 90-minute Metra ride. As Isis, a Black woman, eagerly looks forward to returning home to watch Scandal, Charles, a white adjunct African American studies professor from […]