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The Boston Globe

Theater & art

Karmimadeebora McMillan, School of the Museum of Fine Arts

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Karmimadeebora McMillan.

The characters intimately tie childhood and play to old, entrenched, crippling messages about race, and that powerful blend can be disturbing. “People say, ‘I feel sad looking at it,’ ” McMillan says. “But I had a really good time making it. [These characters] are moving out of the phase you know into a realm where they can succeed.”

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