Where the Sidewalk Ends is not for kids: The production by Boxcar Theatre, adapted for the stage by founding member Sarah Savage, is billed as a contemporary retelling of Shel Silverstein classics for adults who read them as children. The plot centers on the lifetime of a character named Shel, who wanders the world, searching for meaning and witnessing wondrous things the structure is based on the holiest of holies, The Giving Tree, and the too-caring Tree is featured prominently in the show. Maybe well get some answers, because The Giving Tree could certainly use some. Namely: What did the boy do in the city when he sold Trees apples? Did he see a prostitute? Where did he go on that boat, anyway? And what did he do with his wife and kids?
Sidewalks staging, too, looks to be eye-opening, as almost everything from the stage to the trash pile of beloved Sarah Cynthia Sylvia Stout (who would not take the garbage out) is white, outlined in black, like Silversteins drawings. Puppets are used, bellbottoms are worn (Shel is of the 1970s), and Trees branch-arms drift over the stage.
Thursdays-Saturdays. Starts: Feb. 26. Continues through March 27, 2009