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Black Ensemble Theater

4450 N Clark St, Chicago, IL 60640-5404
+1 773-769-4451
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I can not say enough

Wow - What an amazing production of The Black Pearl, the story of Josephine Baker - Ms. Baker is an... read more

Reviewed May 27, 2017
matthew n
London, United Kingdom
via mobile
Excellent Show

I am so glad that I attended the show. It was absolutely wonderful. All of the performers were as... read more

Reviewed September 6, 2016
Gail R
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Black Ensemble Theater (BE), Founded in 1976 by the phenomenal actress, producer, and playwright Jackie Taylor, has grown from a small community arts organization to a vibrant nationally and internationally renowned arts institution. A leader and innovator in the African-American and mainstream arts communities, Black Ensemble Theater is recognized as one of the most diverse theaters in the country, producing excellent musical theater. On November 18, 2011, BE celebrated the Grand Opening of the Black Ensemble Theater Cultural Center, the theater’s first permanent home located at 4450 N. Clark Street, in the heart of Chicago’s Uptown neighborhood. The mission of the Black Ensemble Theater is to eradicate racism and its damaging effects upon our society through the utilization of theater arts. BE is the only theater in the nation whose mission is to eradicate racism. We utilize theater and educational outreach programs to bring races together in a community which embraces similarities and fosters dialogue, understanding and acceptance.
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May 27, 2017
“I can not say enough”
Sep 6, 2016
“Excellent Show”
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Hours Today: 10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Suggested Duration: 2-3 hours
4450 N Clark St, Chicago, IL 60640-5404
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Reviewed May 27, 2017 via mobile

Wow - What an amazing production of The Black Pearl, the story of Josephine Baker - Ms. Baker is an amazing story of one of the most talented and interesting celebrities of the Twentieth Century - This production company put on a show that is...More

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Reviewed September 6, 2016

I am so glad that I attended the show. It was absolutely wonderful. All of the performers were as good as Broadway stars. The theater itself was beautiful. I would consider this a must see when visiting Chicago.

Thank Gail R
Reviewed May 25, 2016

The show are well detailed life experiences of many different artist. Good singing and dancing. Parking on site as well as on the street.

Thank bullit25
Reviewed May 6, 2016

The Black Ensemble Theater's plays are truly "BROADWAY WORTHY..." If you're ever in Chicago treat yourself, you'll "NEVER be disappointed!!!"

Thank Fabius M
Reviewed March 24, 2016

While on a weekend getaway in Chicago, my friend and I decided to check out the Arts. We attended a show, The Sensational Sixties and sensational it was!! Very talented artist. From the beginning to the end the music and the attire made you feel...More

Reviewed March 17, 2016 via mobile

Great musical reviews! Accomplished and amazingly talented casts. A real insight into what makes Chicago theater what it is. Not the usual stop for tourists, but it should be. And near several interesting neighborhoods with great restaurants.

Thank alan p
Reviewed February 5, 2016

I volunteer usher thru another Chicago organization. I have worked here a half dozen times. This is the most welcoming and appreciative of venues -- I feel like they value my service. The patrons all act like family members, so happy to see each other...More

Thank katiyor
Reviewed August 14, 2015

We enjoyed the excellent show Men of Soul. The singing was incredible. I loved that the show incorporated a brief story regarding each artist. Looking forward to the Women of Soul.

Thank Yolanda H
Reviewed August 12, 2015

Just saw Men of Soul. An excellent production! The cast was outstanding!!! The storyline is very loosely held together, but who cares; it's about men of soul. The choice of music, entertainers, and actors will knock your socks off. It's pretty hard to sit still,...More

Thank Kaffi66
Reviewed May 19, 2015

This original production incorporates the music of girls groups over 40 years with the setting of a family gathering for their matriarchs funeral. This could be tricky to pull off, but I found the story and characters believable and sympathetic. Some may find the number...More

Thank James M
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