Shepsu Aakhu’s words transcend a prosaic staging of Black and Blue


Two African-American cops deal with life on the force in the aftermath of the Laquan McDonald video.

In case you need a reminder of just how insightful and powerful a writer Chicago’s Shepsu Aakhu is, consider MPAACT’s staging of his new play about the multiply conflicted allegiances of two African-American Chicago police officers in the immediate aftermath of the Laquan McDonald video release. Even with a fundamentally misconceived production, the script’s intellectual rigor and visceral impact are unmistakable.…

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