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Caught in the process of remembering and making sense, "the past" — to borrow a phrase from Jonathan Dollimore — may seem "more coherent than it actually was". Such is the temptation of sharing our histories, and such is the objective of storytelling.

Flashcard Tangle takes its audiences back to their childhood, straddling the line between children's musical and musical musical, between wisdom and naïveté. There's an analog feel to it: third- and fourth-graders are outside of their homes, at the playground running around, talking to each other face-to-face!

And how at once they talk like their age and not. Though it's easy to accept the wiser lines they throw. If to follow a story is to put ourselves in the shoes of a character, we would've said the same, knowing what we know now. That or I'm giving the cast less credit than they deserve.


Going by lobby chit-chat and social media posts, theatergoers generally find the production "cute".…

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