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When: Fridays-Sundays. Continues through Nov. 26 2016

The challenge of adapting the fall of the Romanovs, Russia’s last Tsarist family, is apparently getting out from under Anastasia. References to the 1997 animated movie are made throughout this Waltzing Mechanics production, and the specter it's haunted by is Disneyfication. Playwright-director Keely Leonard aims for empathetic engagement with Tsar Nicholas II and his family on the eve of the country's transition from monarchy to communism, and the result is that we’re in the moral world of a kiddie film, where a tender embrace among oppressors will erase all wrongs and Stalin is played by an evil hand puppet. That said, it’s a fun show, and free vodka shots in the lobby don’t hurt the experience. —Max Maller

Price: $30

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