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When: Fridays-Sundays. Continues through Nov. 8 2009

Tanya Saracho was a great choice to adapt Sandra Cisneros's classic book for this Steppenwolf for Young Adults production. Even though Saracho's script fails to supply a firm narrative arc, her gift for heartfelt, cut-to-the-bone storytelling lends itself well to capturing the textures of Cisneros's novel-in-vignettes about Esperanza, a Latina preteen who longs to escape her shabby world. The tale moves fitfully, but musical interpolations add zest to Hallie Gordon's staging. Sandra Delgado's Esperanza seems removed from the world of the play at times, as if she's already stepped away from the old neighborhood. Still, her interactions with the sisters across the street (the irrepressible Belinda Cervantes and Christina Nieves) are delightful. Gordon's cast neatly capture the gallery of neighborhood eccentrics. --Kerry Reid

Price: $15-$20

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