CTC first staged a show about the hapless Bartholomew Cubbins back in 1979; if you're old enough to have seen it then, you're probably in need of a fresh dose of Dr. Seuss's brand of absurdity and wordplay. It's probably impossible to overstate how many young minds Ted Geisel tickled, inflamed, and happily warped. We'd love to see a production of 1973's cinematic, philosophical, and often-creepy Did I Ever Tell You How Lucky You Are?, but the madness and Sisyphean courage of young Cubbins makes for a very nice tale indeed, with music, effects, and a big surprise that we won't spoil here. If you don't have kids, treat a niece or nephew. Surrealism and subversion, after all, are part of every healthy childhood.
Fridays, 7:30 p.m.; Saturdays, 2 & 7:30 p.m.; Sundays, 2 & 5 p.m.; Thursdays, 7 p.m. Starts: Sept. 17. Continues through Oct. 30, 2010