Honus and Me | Performing Arts Review | Chicago Reader

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Broad strokes and lapses in realism have to be allowed for in children's theater, but this show might try an eight-year-old's patience. The story--about a kid who finds a magical Honus Wagner baseball card worth millions in a neighbor's attic--turns on an ethical conflict whose obvious solution (communicate, negotiate, share already!) is willfully ignored. Its memorabilia-trade villains, while hilarious, are too unbelievable. And its separated-parents subplot is entirely perfunctory. That said, author Dan Gutman, whose novel was adapted by Steven Dietz, has a marvelous feel for old-timey period details and early baseball lore--young Joey is first joined by Wagner in the present, then transported back to the 1909 World Series--and the acting, costumes, and set design are stellar.--Brian Nemtusak a Through 8/26: Fri 7 PM, Sat 2 and 6 PM, Sun 11 AM and 3 PM, Thu through 8/9, 1 PM, Tue 8/7, 10:30 AM, Goodman Theatre, 170 N. Dearborn, 312-443-3800, $15-$38.

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