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A look at life on the streets, and on the edge, in ‘F.B.E.’

A single mother’s struggle to keep her small family together in a tough neighborhood rife with drugs and violence provides the dramatic thrust of “F.B.E.” (“Family Before Everything”), a 2011 play by local writers Phil Davis and Taura “Chyna” Stephens that is being revived for one dinner-theater performance at 4 p.m. Sunday in the Metropolitan Entertainment Complex (1670 Main St.).

In his 2011 review, Ted Hadley called the Alemaedae Theatre Productions play “a story of family secrets, dark doings that members barely whisper and festering deeds of long ago that surface violently during a time that should have marked new beginnings.” It’s directed by Willie Judson and features John Stover Jr., Alphonso Walker Jr., Mary Coleman, Ebony Pace, Sherri Singletary, Ayana Williams and Terence “T-Brown” Brown.

“In many impoverished neighborhoods, homes are predominantly headed by single mothers,” according to a release from Alemaedae. “Many young men are forced to become the ‘man of the house’ before they actually reach manhood. This dilemma has caused the death and incarceration of many young men, majority being of African American or Hispanic descent.”

Tickets, which include dinner, are available only in advance for $30. Call 602-6253 for reservations or visit for more information.

– Colin Dabkowski

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