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click to enlarge Daniel Kyri and Alana Arenas

Daniel Kyri and Alana Arenas

Michael Brosilow

When: Fridays, Saturdays. Continues through March 5 2017
Price: $20
Aaron Carter adapts Walter Dean Myers's 1999 novel about a black 16-year-old aspiring filmmaker facing a life sentence for his alleged participation in a robbery gone awry. Hallie Gordon's Steppenwolf for Young Adults production, kinetic and exacting, is the stinging agitprop indictment of the juvenile criminal justice system one would anticipate out of a show about prison in 2017. Less expected—but just as relevant and important—is the way Gordon's visually rich staging examines the complicated, creative, sometimes delusional relationship artists have with their own reality. As the young man on trial, Daniel Kyri gives a raw, unsparing performance that doesn't leave his character, however sympathetic, off the hook; instead, he raises hard questions about culpability and identity that have no easy answers. —Dan Jakes



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