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Joseph Robinette's adaptation of E.B. White's beloved story, about an unlikely friendship between a sweet-tempered pig and a surprisingly literate spider, is competent and entertaining. But there's no doubt it's pitched squarely to the kids: there are no sly references or jokes only adults would get. Emerald City Theatre Company stages the play simply and effectively, with a minimum of eye-catching costumes and stage effects and plenty of its trademark kid-pleasing tricks, especially loads of audience participation. The children ate it up, but as an adult who remembers the book fondly, I kept noticing how much of White's charm as a storyteller got lost in translation. Through 3/25: see www.chicagoreader.com for complete schedule. Through 2/5: Fri 10:15 AM, Sat-Sun 1 PM, Apollo Theater, 2540 N. Lincoln, 773-935-6100, $9-$12.

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