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Philadelphia Kids Spotlight: March '06
If you have young ones studying Shakespeare in school, they may balk at the suggestion you take them to see all 38 of the Bard's plays in a single sitting. But if you can lure them to The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged) at the Philadelphia Shakespeare Festival, they may be shocked at how entertaining Shakespeare can be. A ridiculous and hysterical bit of theatrical silliness that presents all of Shakespeare's plays in a rapid 98 minutes, director Dominick Scudera's production stars Brian McCann, David Raphaely, and the always-humorous John Zak (March 8-May 19).
LA Kids Spotlight: March '06
Family fare is highlighted by Into the Woods, Jr. (North Hollywood's Eclectic Company Theatre, opens March 3), a 75- minute kid-performed version of the hit musical, authorized by its author, Stephen Sondheim. Santa Monica Playhouse offers a local preview Youkoso! (Welcome!), a musical "welcome party" in one act, prior to its Japanese tour (March 9).
D.C. Metro Kids Spotlight: March '06
Parents seeking something thought provoking for the kids should note that The Kennedy Center's Family Theater is presenting a stage version of Barry Denenberg's book Citizen 13559: The Journal of Ben Uchida, the story of a Japanese-American boy who is sent to a California internment camp during World War II (March 10-March 26).
Boston Kids Spotlight: March '06
The Lyric hosts a lovely little interactive children's theatre troupe, Once Upon a Time. This month's plays, geared to the 2-to-8 crowd, are Dr. Doolittle (March 4) and The Story of Purim (March 11-12).