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"The Color Purple" closes this weekend

You only have today, tomorrow and Sunday to catch a performance of The Color Purple at the Arie Crown Theater (McCormick Place, 2301 S. Lake Shore Dr.) If you've never read Alice Waters' famous novel, or seen the film version starring Oprah and Whoopi Goldberg, then let me break it down for you: A poor black woman named Celie gets together with a woman named Shug, despite being married to a man.

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American Idol winner Fantasia is playing Celie on the tour, so if you ever had a crush on the singer or aren't that into theater but love the idea of a D-List celebrity getting Sapphic on stage, pony up $50 and grab a seat over the weekend.

Check out a review of the production on What's a Boy to Do or, better yet, pay a visit to the Gerber Hart Library and check out Walker's book, which goes more in depth with the relationship between Celie and Shug, and will leave you wondering what it meant for Celie's sexuality.

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