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When: Thursdays-Sundays. Continues through March 10 2013

Written by one of Chicago's most entertaining magicians, Dennis Watkins, this enchanting play was first performed in 2007. Now it's back in a revised version directed by House Theatre of Chicago's Nathan Allen. Watkins stars as Magnificent, an aging magician leading his two-bit traveling circus down the dusty roads of Depression-era Texas. Story and spectacle blend seamlessly as Magnificent trains a recalcitrant young protege. Lee Keenan's ingenious set—an infinitely adaptable truck—abets the story's magical realism by allowing Magnificent's troupe to slide fluently between life onstage and life on the road. Watkins doesn't execute his magic as impeccably here as he does in his long-running one-man show, The Magic Parlour, but that doesn't stop him from administering a healthy dose of wonder. —Keith Griffith

Price: $10-$25

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