Six Stories Tall | Northwestern University Settlement House, Vittum Theater | Theater & Performance | Chicago Reader

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When: Saturdays. Continues through April 29 2017

First produced by Adventure Stage Chicago in 2012 and now about to tour nationally, this wonderfully entertaining show for the tween set leans grown-up in all the right ways. Marco Ramirez's 2008 collection of short plays, inspired by Latino folktales, focuses on themes of courage while coming up with lots of melancholy foils. For example, a young boy dreams of becoming Batman to protect his depressed father from danger; a young girl battles Satan to save her widowed father’s soul; a grandson takes a circuitous jaunt to the south side for the benefit of his ailing grandfather. It appears director Tom Arvetis decided to trim at least one tale from the 2012 version, perhaps in favor of a more fluid 60-minute performance. No matter: the cast embrace doing more with less, and their exuberance is contagious. —Matt de la Peña

Price: $17, $12 kids 14 and under


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