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An Awkward Family Gathering 

You could think of The Whipping Man as a Django Unleavened (as in unleavened bread, as in kosher -- minus the Tarantinoesque taste for gore) for the stage. Bear with us here. The award-winning play by Matthew Lopez concerns the tribulations of three men coping with the wreckage of Virginia in the aftermath of the Civil War. One of them is Caleb DeLeon, a young, wounded Confederate veteran newly returned to his mostly destroyed plantation; the other two, Simon and John, turn out to be former slaves of the DeLeon family. Now here's the kicker: All three are of the Jewish faith. As Passover approaches, the trio celebrate a meager feast together and delve into their complex and painful shared history. The Black Rep presents The Whipping Man at 7 p.m. Thursday, 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday (March 20 through April 13) at the Grandel Theatre (3610 Grandel Square; 314-534-3810 or www.theblackrep.org). Tickets are $35 to $47.
Thursdays-Sundays. Starts: March 21. Continues through April 13, 2013

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