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Sometimes, we make every effort to avoid the ugly side of human nature -- until reality shatters our carefully constructed, willful naivete. We don't want to believe that people could treat each other poorly, particularly when we've worked so hard to cultivate relationships that are respectful and meaningful. But such harmony is always in peril. That's true today, and it was certainly true during the tumultuous days following the 1967 Detroit race riot. In Palmer Park, playwright Joanna McClelland Glass (pictured) explores the changing lives of five couples in the riot's aftermath. Once part of a harmonious and integrated community, the couples' relationships change when their highbrow neighborhood school is required to accept students from a nearby, poor neighborhood. The play deftly depicts the unfortunate realities of an America that is anything but "post-racial" -- then or now. The St. Louis Actors' Studio and the Black Rep co-produce Palmer Park at the Missouri History Museum (Lindell Boulevard and DeBaliviere Avenue) under the direction of Ron Himes. Performances are at 8 p.m. Thursday through Saturday, and at 3 p.m. Sunday (November 4 through 20). Tickets are $10 to $25 and may be purchased by calling 314-746-4599 or visiting
Thursdays-Sundays. Starts: Nov. 4. Continues through Nov. 20, 2011

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