We Can Pay Them in Sour Candy

Kids’ theater: Not for everyone. Not for anyone without kids, usually. There are exceptions — we just saw the magnificent production of Ragtime at Ruth Asawa School of the Arts, and it made Glee sound plastic and Auto-Tuned, but it reminded us that the TV show doesn’t overstate the reality of teen (and younger!) talent. Thus we were stoked to hear of “Bossy Dudes and Rainbow Moods,” a series of staged readings in which fifth graders write short plays, and professional actors act ’em out. The kids are from Starr King Elementary, and in case you forgot, fifth graders are 10 years old. There may be loose teeth in the house. The plays are inspired by the kids’ visits to the museum, and subjects include piano practice, dragons, and a narrative no adult would dare attempt, but one that may well be deathlessly archetypal: imaginary friends becoming real.
Fri., May 20, 7 p.m., 2011

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