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The Animals and Children Took to the Streets 

When: Fri., May 25, 8 p.m., Sat., May 26, 2 p.m., Sun., May 27, 2 & 9 p.m., Wed., May 30, 8 p.m., Thu., May 31, 7 p.m., Fri., June 1, 7 p.m., Sat., June 2, 12 p.m. and Sun., June 3, 12 p.m. 2012
Phone: (843) 722-2764
Price: $25-$35
www.spoletousa.org

Lovely rebellion. Not many shows have been called "the most subversive show in town" and "mind-blowingly beautiful," but that's what Time Out London had to say about this creation from theater company 1927. The subversive? A gang of child revolutionaries. The beautiful? The painstaking, hand-drawn animation and stylized aesthetic.

The great (economic) divide. A middle-class do-gooder and her daughter move into the decrepit, impoverished Bayou Mansions hoping to save the tenement's youngest malcontents with art. The results are not quite what she had in mind. The story is told through 1927's signature combination of live actors and animation.

What animals? "People complain sometimes that there aren't really any animals," says the show's writer, actor, and director Suzanne Andrade. But she and her co-creators had the title before they had anything else; not the best way to create a show, she says, but it seems to have worked this time. And if you find yourself lamenting the lack of animals, just start counting the cockroaches that have colonized the Mansions.

— Elizabeth Pandolfi

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