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Since 1971, this theater has been staging original or seldom-seen dramatic works by African-American writers from Chicago and beyond. Along with Black Ensemble Theater (which performs at the Uptown Center Hull House, 4520 N. Beacon St.; tel. 773/769-4451; www.blackensembletheater.org), this is one of the best African-American theater troupes in the city. The company stages six plays a year in its 200-seat theater, including works geared toward children that are performed on Saturday afternoons.