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When: Mondays, Tuesdays, Sundays. Continues through April 1 2014

Rudyard Kipling's daughter Josephine died at age six, a few years before Kipling wrote his famous children's fables. This fact gets worked to death in Josh Sobel's conceptually tortured stage adaptation for Forks & Hope. A mournful woman packing up her recently deceased daughter's bedroom gets a visitation from eight brightly clad, face-painted sprites who’ve apparently gone AWOL from a community theater production of Godspell. Employing all manner of silly voices and shameless mugging, they start to act out Kipling's tales. The woman collapses in hysterics halfway through, but after learning how the elephant got his trunk, she's ready to face life again. Um, what? Kipling wrote 13 magical tales, but all the emotional turmoil leaves room for only three in a scant 50 minutes. —Justin Hayford

Price: $15

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