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When: Fridays-Sundays. Continues through Nov. 18 2010

Working from Christopher Sergel's stage adaptation, director Hallie Gordon delivers an evocative, perfectly cast staging of Harper Lee's 1960 novel for Steppenwolf Theatre's "young adults" series. Three white kids growing up in Depression-era Alabama--feisty tomboy Scout; her sports-mad brother, Jem; and their bookish playmate, Dill--learn a lesson in moral courage when Scout and Jem's lawyer father, Atticus Finch, defends Tom Robinson, a black man falsely accused of raping a white woman. The ensemble are uniformly superb, and child actors Caroline Heffernan (Scout), Bubba Weiler (Jem), and Zachary Keller (Dill) are strikingly honest and direct in their portrayals. Lee's theme--the struggle between individual conscience and the prejudice of the majority--is stirring and timely. --Albert Williams

Price: $20

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