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When: Thursdays-Sundays. Continues through Dec. 4 2011

Candido Tirado's play is a public service announcement at heart, an after-school special, a sermon on a text from Romans 6:23—"the wages of sin is death." At the beginning, a Latino teen called Shine is already gone, shot and killed by his longtime pal, Thug, who's now in prison awaiting trial. The following scenes move backward in time, showing us these two and their theater-loving third musketeer, Mimic, as they deal crack, develop rivalries, settle into their identities. We ultimately arrive at the crucial moment when they make the decision that will lead to the murder—and are magically allowed to reverse it if they want. This could be hokey. And very, very sanctimonious. That it isn't is to some extent a testament to Tirado's generous and funny script, but mostly to Ricardo Gutierrez's production for Teatro Vista. Creatively designed and exquisitely acted—especially by Marvin Quijada as Shine—it doesn't tolerate a cubic centimeter of hot air. —Tony Adler

Price: $20-$25

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