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When: Tue., Feb. 23 and Saturdays, Sundays. Continues through March 14 2010

Presented as part of the Steppenwolf for Young Adults series, this is a solid 60-minute adaptation of John Knowles's 1959 coming-of-age novel about two 16-year-old prep school students--athletic daredevil Finny, a natural leader to whom everything seems to come easily, and Gene, Finny's roommate, who both reveres and resents his friend's fearlessness. The story, set during World War II, centers on the tragedy set in motion when Gene impulsively causes Finny to fall from a tree. Nancy Gilsenan's script efficiently compresses the narrative while making Finny a more fully developed character than he is in the novel. Under Jonathan Berry's direction, Jake Cohen gives a finely detailed portrayal of the emotionally evolving Gene, and Damir Konjicija's Finny burns with an urgent need to live on the edge. --Albert Williams

Price: $15-$20


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