Capsule Reviews

Dennis Brown and Deanna Jent suss out local theater

(DJ)

Much Ado About Nothing Reviewed in this issue. A New Brain Reviewed in this issue. Reviewed in this issue. Relativity A young African-American genetic researcher must choose between loyalty to her activist mother, who supports a radical theory that blacks are genetically superior to whites, and loyalty to her boss, a prominent scientist who opposes everything the mother stands for. Viewers are assaulted by a grab bag of buzz phrases — melanin science, unified race theories, bioethics debates — but do we learn much about any of these issues by play's end? The cast is fine enough, but the real passion here is not in the words; you'll hear it in the compelling drum work by Arthur Moore, who sits high on a platform almost out of sight, bridging scenes, commenting on the action and occasionally even becoming the action. Performed through March 5 by the Black Rep at the Grandel Theatre, 3610 Grandel Square. Tickets are $17-$40 ($10 student rush seats available ten minutes before showtime). Call 314-534-3810 or visit www .stlouisblackrep.com.
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