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Black and Blue 

Relations between large segments of the African American population and law enforcement have been problematic for years. This was a charged issue well before Michael Brown's death in Ferguson last summer, but post-Brown, of course, the controversy got super-sized -- fast. Lee Patton-Chiles' play Black and Blue takes a closer look at this aspect of our American reality. Crucially, the author took the time and care to attempt to approach this famously complex subject with the nuance and patience it demands: The play is built on a series of interviews conducted with both police officers and members of the African American communities they serve. Black and Blue is performed at four separate locations over the next four weeks. Opening weekend shows are at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and 3 p.m. Sunday (May 22 through 24), at the Missouri History Museum (Lindell Boulevard and DeBaliviere Avenue; 314-746-4599 or www.mohistory.org). Admission is free. For information on the rest of the run, visit www.gitana-inc.org.
May 22-23, 7:30 p.m.; Sun., May 24, 3 p.m., 2015

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