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When: Wednesdays-Sundays. Continues through Oct. 30 2016

“A Dream Is a Wish Your Heart Makes” has been the soundtrack to playwright Philip Dawkins’s home life for generations. His exceptional one-man show, directed by Jonathan L. Green, chronicles his family’s relationship with Disneyland, where they traveled to find elusive happiness in the wake of his sportscaster grandfather’s on-air death of an aneurysm at age 35. Each stage in the family’s rebuilding is set against an area of the park—Fantasyland, Tomorrowland, etc. In addition to playing himself, Dawkins deftly steps into the shoes of all the women characters, delicately creating distinct and nuanced personalities enhanced by old photos he shares on an overhead projector. Witty and heartbreaking in equal measure, he crafts vivid, emotionally charged scenes with language that feels both accessible and cinematic. —Marissa Oberlander

Price: $48

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