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The Cradle Will Rock 

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Little distinguishes American composer Marc Blitzstein's 1937 quasi-Brechtian "labor opera" from other Depression-era agitprop. But this White Horse Theatre Company production isn't driven by leftist nostalgia, despite Curtis Anderson and Andrew Moroney's clever slide projections of collaged period images. Under the direction of Craig Joseph and Ryan Brewster (who doubles as piano player), the 13 cast members make the most of Blitzstein's populist ditties, delivering a fast-paced 90-minute cavalcade of music and dance that, by the finale, has us cheering the proletarian ethos of the title song. Through 3/25: Thu-Sat 8 PM, Sun 3 PM, Viaduct Theater, 3111 N. Western, 877-238-5596, $20.

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