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'From Doo Wop to Hip Hop'
At one point in this new Black Ensemble show, one of the characters says something along these lines: "We're not the same color. But we're all brothers. The proof is in the music." That's pretty much the ubertext of the night. And who is not ready for a show that suggests that the color of one's skin is irrelevant as long as one feels the music? They've got quite the rule-breaking jukebox playing here: Amy Winehouse, a hip-hop version of "16 Candles," Lesley Gore, Black Eyed Peas. It makes the case that racial divisions in Chicagoland are absurd, especially when there's trouble abroad and songs within. -- Chris Jones
Through April 14 at Black Ensemble Theater, 4450 N. Clark St.; $55-$65 at 773-769-4451 and blackensembletheater.org
February 26, 2013