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When: Saturdays, Sundays. Continues through May 5 2013

In Frances Limoncelli's groovy romp through Hans Christian Andersen, an emperor is conned into debuting a hip outfit at his televised birthday bash; allegedly visible only to people with excellent taste, it's his birthday suit in more ways than one. Meanwhile, the fashion-crazed country is going broke because swag don't come cheap. When a young girl determines to convince the emperor to change his priorities, she discovers he isn't any freer than his subjects and that beneath his vanity lies a heart of gold. The cheery tone by no means makes for an air-headed yarn. The new twists are delightful and canny, George Howe's songs are inventive, and Mike Ooi's emperor is Austin Powers with a kid-friendly mojo. The kids were rapt under the spell of kooky costumes and a dreamy set, although not entirely decorous: when the hero asks if she should save the emperor from embarrassment, one boy shouted, "No! Let him go out naked!" —Jena Cutie

Price: $15


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