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The People's Pinocchio

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Those familiar only with the Disney version of Carlo Collodi's picaresque fantasy might think they've stumbled into the wrong place. But the opening spectacle of planets orbiting in darkness, accompanied by a vibrant hymn in Latin, is enough to win anyone over. Andrew Park's innovative 75-minute adaptation for the Quest Theatre Ensemble offers a variety of exotic adventures, among them encounters with a seductive spider and an 18-foot soothsaying serpent as well as a revival meeting conducted by cheerful Brother Sun, who advises the wooden hero to "stay in the light." Agile performers deftly wield a dazzling array of masks, puppets, and prosthetically enhanced costumes, accompanied by live music that ranges from classical to folk. Through 8/20: Fri-Sat 7:30 PM, Sun 2 PM, Saint Gregory the Great, Klasen Hall, 1609 W. Gregory, 312-458-0895. Free.

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