Stray Cat Theatre, Helen K. Mason Performing Arts Center
“Native Son,” adapted from Richard Wright’s novel, paints a terrifying study of young Black man plagued by the problems of living in a rundown area of Chicago that implies a bad environment dooms. Ron May’s finely staged production is blessed with a superbly engaging performance by Micah Jondel DeShazer as Bigger Thomas, the guy forced to fail after he kills a white woman in a flash of panic. DeShazer’s performance grips audiences. “Native Son” continues through March 25. To order tickets, call the Stray Cat Theatre box office at 480-227-1766 or order tickets online at www.straycattheatre.org.