New Kid Closing (Theater and Galleries) Recommended The Short List (Theater)

When: Fridays, Saturdays. Continues through Nov. 21 2015

Adventure Stage Chicago uses a light touch to combat nativism in this children's show by Dennis Foon. Grade-school-age Nick and his mother immigrate to the United States from Homeland, a country whose language is a mishmosh of world phrases and Seussisms. Little by little, Nick learns how to socialize in his strange new surroundings, to the chagrin of a playground xenophobe and, most interestingly, his homesick and isolated mother. Julie Ritchey's inclusive production includes Spanish subtitles and a translator for pre-and postshow discussions. One small touch I loved: the bully is a girl, and there's not a single emasculation joke. —Dan Jakes

Price: $17, $12 youths

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