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Guarding the Princess

Guarding the Princess

Emily Schwartz

When: Fridays, Saturdays. Continues through Jan. 29 2017
Price: $30, $15 students
The four works featured in this year’s festival of plays by high school students—the 30th edition—could not be more different. Alexandra Obert’s Obsessed is a clear-eyed examination of obsessive relationships, while Elyssa Saldana’s Guarding the Princess is a witty take on fairy tales. Ricardo Salgado’s Eye See All is a comical romp through paranoid conspiracy theories, Sejahari Saulter-Villegas’s Race to the Finish a searing, Brechtian deconstruction of contemporary race relations. But each piece, chosen by the folks at Pegasus Theatre from a pool of more than 600 entries, is a tiny gem, engaging the audience with crisp, believable dialogue, clear storytelling, and original, fascinating characters—giving us hope for a new generation of compelling playwrights in the process. —Jack Helbig


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