Six Stories Tall Closing (Theater and Galleries) Recommended The Short List (Theater)

When: Nov. 8-Dec. 13 2012

Similar to Mary Zimmerman's Metamorphoses in structure and inventiveness, Marco Ramirez's 2008 collection of short plays retrofits Latino folktales for the eight-and-up crowd. These six tales of heroism include one about a girl squaring off against the devil for the soul of her father, another about an el train encounter with a monster, and a third in which a young man goes to heartwarming lengths to make the world a little brighter for his ailing grandfather. Tom Arvetis's Adventure Stage production takes a refreshingly mature tone, and the attentive kids around me seemed fine with it. They live in the same world as adults, after all, and are subject to the same horrors. Addressed with empathy and a little whimsy, as they are here, those horrors don't look so scary after all. —Dan Jakes

Price: $10-$25

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