In Token, actress/comedian Kaye Winks shares lifelong tales of being that lone Black person in a world of white. This 60-minute one-woman show features Winks portraying family, friends, strangers, foes and more to examine what it can feel like to being a token Black person. Token plays 7:30 p.m. Fridays through June 9 at Judy's Beat Lounge on the second floor of the Second City Training Center, 230 W. North Ave. Tickets are $13; call 312-337-3992 or visit SecondCity.com .
Caption: Kaye Winks in her one-woman show Token. Photo by Joel Maisonet
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