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Well-Intentioned White People Nov. 4–7 Kalamazoo College Festival Playhouse

In the play Well-Intentioned White People, when a Black college professor experiences a racial incident she'd rather forget, there's pressure from the white people in her world of influence, including her roommate and her boss, to “do something.” The play, by Rachel Lynett, has been described as a poignant and often surprisingly funny look at race, friendship and the “good intentions” of those who attempt to deal with discrimination not directed at them. It will be staged this month by Kalamazoo College’s theater organization. Show times are 7:30 p.m. Nov. 4–6 and 2 p.m. Nov. 7 in Balch Playhouse, in the Light Fine Arts Building, 129 Thompson St. Tickets are $10–$15 and can be purchased by calling 337-7333 or online at festivalplayhouse.kzoo.edu.

Hurt Village

Nov. 12–14 Face Off Theatre Company The play Hurt Village was inspired by a true story of the gentrification and demolition of one of Memphis, Tennessee's, most notorious housing projects. The play, penned by Katori Hall (who also wrote The Mountaintop) and being staged by Kalamazoo’s Face Off Theatre Company, follows a 13-year-old aspiring rapper and her family who are preparing to move, when her father unexpectedly returns from a tour of duty in Iraq. Show times are 7:30 p.m. Nov. 12 and 13 and 2 p.m. Nov. 14 at Dormouse Theatre, 1030 Portage St. For ticket prices and more information, visit faceofftheatre.com.

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