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When: Thursdays-Sundays. Continues through March 18 2018

Raising a child indeed takes a village, as demonstrated in Chisa Hutchinson's satisfying, uplifting play about a grade school student's friendship with an ornery lunch lady. Neglected and abused at home by his adoptive aunt (Katrina D. RiChard), Tino (Donovan Session) takes refuge in his newfound Christian faith at church, his insatiable curiosity in the classroom, and his unlikely bonds with an extroverted wisecracking peer (Charlita "Charli" Williams) and an aging cafeteria manager with a looming medical crisis (Renee Lockett). Wardell Julius Clark's Redtwist Theatre production paints a pretty clear road map of its own plotting early on, but that doesn't make the journey any less gratifying or the climactic destinations any less emotionally punchy. Notably absent from Hutchinson's frank an sobering story: cynicism. —Dan Jakes

Price: $35-$40

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