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When: Fridays-Sundays. Continues through May 23 2015

Jeremy Menekseoglu's irony-drenched morality play, first produced in 2010, was inspired by Heinrich Hoffman's 1845 children’s book Der Struwwelpeter, in which a series of grotesque punishments are meted out for mildly naughty infractions like thumb sucking and fidgeting. In Menekseoglu’s version, these cautionary fables are acted out by a bunch of underage sadists for the benefit of three-year-old Little Karl (a winningly guileless Madelaine Schmitt), whose father has dumped him at a school for wayward kids. There's nothing new about the play’s critique of 19th-century-style authoritarian childrearing. But the 50-minute production is unique and compelling nonetheless, thanks to giddily savage performances, inventively staged violence, and delightfully weird touches such as the arrival of Father Christmas to supply a happy ending. —Zac Thompson

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