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Dan Norman

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Familiar

Every Tue., Wed., Thu., Fri., and Sat. from March 10-April 14
7:30 p.m.
Every Sat. from March 24-April 14
1 p.m.
$29-$77
Theater

Familiar is a timely comedy-drama by rising playwright (and Macalester College alum) Danai Gurira. Known for her roles on AMC’s The Walking Dead and inBlack Panther, Gurira is also an astute writer who has earned critical acclaim for her culturally nuanced stage work. Familiar demonstrates Gurira’s knack for humor in telling the story of Donald and Marvelous Chinyaramwira, a thriving Zimbabwean-American couple whose daughter Tendi is preparing to marry Chris, a white man from an entirely different background. Whereas some might view this blending of cultures as being symbolic of the American dream, others may see an abdication of cultural identity. Such are the clashing perspectives within the family, especially when relatives (including an outspoken aunt) let their objections be known. Beneath all the squabbling, however, beats an affectionate heart for a family striving for reconciliation. The soulful humor inherent to this Taibi Magar-directed, Minnesota-set production is certain to feel close to home.