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click to enlarge Jose Nateras and Aissa Guerra

Jose Nateras and Aissa Guerra

Dominick Maino

When: Saturdays, Sundays. Continues through March 26 2017
Price: $45, $30 students and children
filamenttheatre.org
Filament Theatre’s revival of this dinner-theater production finds a perfectly dreamy home in Fannie’s Cafe. Based on Cynthia Rylant’s classic children’s book, Andrew J. Lampl’s play brings to life the magical world of the Van Gogh Cafe in Flowers, Kansas, home of affable owner Marc (Les Rorick) and his precocious ten-year-old daughter, Clara (Aissa Guerra). Over the course of five chapters, each with its own course, the cafe hosts a series of whimsical vignettes featuring everything from a mysterious possum to a lovesick silent film star to a flock of seagulls looking to hitch a ride back to California. With a kid-friendly menu that mixes sweet and savory and its engaging audience participation on a shoestring (animal ears, Band-Aids, paper snow, etc), it’s an uplifting opportunity to suspend your disbelief. —Marissa Oberlander

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