'Crowns' ★★★

Regina Taylor's ¿Crowns¿ ¿ a hit on the regional-theater circuit a decade ago ¿ has been reconceived as a story with roots in Englewood. The show now is not just a gospel-fused celebration of African-American women and their eye-popping Sunday headgear, but a meditation on the potential redemptive powers of the proud matriarchs of the South when it comes to saving one of Chicago's troubled daughters. This is a populist, unabashedly spiritual show especially beloved by African-American women. And in the midst of this most violent of summers, the impulse to move the frame to Chicago and expand the score with hip-hop and was a good one. The subtext of ¿Crowns¿ ¿ that learning about honor and community is the best way to prevent young blood in the city streets ¿ is moving indeed. Through Aug. 5 at the Goodman Theatre, 170 N. Dearborn St.; $31-$88 at 312-443-3800 or goodmantheatre.org
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