The brutal murder of 14-year-old Emmett Till in rural Mississippi in August, 1955, is recalled by many as the decisive beginning of the last century’s Civil Rights movement. Ifa Bayeza’s stirring one act play “The Ballad of Emmett Till” recounts this event as a kind of passion play, taking us on a fervent journey with Till on his unintended via dolorosa . . .

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“Edgar & Annabel” and “Far Away,” ion theatre company’s current double bill, has us locked into a future of worldwide oppression and conflict, which is precisely what won’t transpire in human history. But the production values transcend all that in this very well-crafted piece of theater.

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