The Jungle Book 

Composer Steve Goers and writer Alyn Cardarelli have taken a classic Kipling tale, best known today as a second-rate animated Disney feature, and made the story of a child raised by wolves their own: Emerald City Theatre Company manages to re-create Kipling's "law of the jungle" world without scaring younger audience members. Kate Stransky's simple, whimsical costumes are detailed enough to help us tell the wolves from the jackal yet playful enough not to suggest a whole stageful of ferocious canines. And the energetic ensemble, led by the hilarious Stephen Rader as man-eating tiger Shere Khan, makes it clear that no one is really devoured, not even the tribe of foolish monkeys wolfed down by the great python Kaa. Through 6/4: see chicagoreader.com for complete schedule. 5/4-5/21: Thu-Fri 10:15 AM, Sat-Sun 10:30 AM and 1 PM. Apollo Theater, 2540 N. Lincoln, 773-935-6100, $9-$12.

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