4/15: Things of the Dry Hours opens at CPT

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Communism was just as attractive to black people as it was to white people during the Depression. Apparently, worrying about spies infiltrating the party was an equal-opportunity pastime. That’s the context for Naomi Wallace’s play Things of the Dry Hours, which tells the story of Tice, a black, out-of-work Sunday school teacher who’s also a member of the communist party. Things get interesting when Tice and his daughter take in a white factory worker who says he’s on the run after killing his boss, who laid him off. Politics and racial tension are everywhere, but Wallace puts the emphasis on human interaction rather than partisan dogma. Sarah May directs the Ohio premiere, which opens at 7:30 p.m. at Cleveland Public Theatre’s Storefront Theatre (6415 Detroit Ave., 216.631.2727). It runs through May 1. Tickets: $10-$19. — Michael Gill

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