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Pryor Jr. was the firstborn of six Pryor children from seven marriages. He was the only offspring of Richard and Patricia Price. Now 51, the Peoria native makes his Chicago stage debut in “Lipstick Goes on Last,” a comedy that has its world premiere Saturday at the 60-seat Den Theatre in Chicago.

“When my mother died and when my father died, I felt a release,” Pryor Jr. says during a heartfelt conversation at a North Side diner. “I can breathe. It triggered something. If my mother was still alive, I know I wouldn’t be doing what I am doing. I would want to be around her. Things are devastating to you, but they are also a blessing.”

Pryor Jr. bears a striking resemblance to his father.

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