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Is Chicago a segregated theater town?

Eight Forty-Eight's
Dueling Critics jumped in another studio after their appearance today to tape a conversation honoring Black History Month. The African-American contribution to Chicago theater is long and storied. From Paul Robeson to A Raisin' in the Sun, Chicago has been home to a thriving African-American theater scene for decades. But where are we in 2009? The main downtown theaters aren't offering their usual Black Heritage month programming and the African-American representation in mainstream theatrical ensembles is almost non-existent. Time to put my hard-hitting broadcast journalist voice on (clearing throat): So I asked the Dueling Critics, is Chicago a segregated theater town? link

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