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The Adventures of Kid Zero 

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When young Zero wanders off alone, little does she suspect that her disappearance will trigger citywide chaos. "Nobody knows positive from negative!" wails professor Al Gebra, as officers Plus and Minus search in vain for the missing digit. Author Ifa Bayeza's wordplay brims with fun, and the performers share the exuberance as they gambol through the show's many distinctive characters, slapstick chases, Harvey Mason's original songs (Amira Sabbagh's solo as rappin' Little X got a spontaneous ovation), and a dream vision of the great goddess ZenFinity. But beneath the scholarly high jinks of this kids' show lies the tale of a lonely child, derided as a "nothing," coming to discover her own value. Through 11/19: Sat 2 PM. Lakeshore Theater, 3175 N. Broadway, 773-472-3492. $8-$10.

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