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'Ragtime' Joe Dickie

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Ragtime

Every Wed., Thu., Fri., and Sat. from Sept. 21-Oct. 23
7:30 p.m.
Every Sun. from Sept. 21-Oct. 23
2 p.m. and 7 p.m.
$45
Theater

Produced by Theater Latté Da and directed by company co-founder Peter Rothstein, Ragtime harkens back to the early 20th century, an era when xenophobia was pervasive (much like today, albeit aimed at different groups). New York City is the backdrop for three interwoven stories involving the seemingly disparate lives of an African American musician living in Harlem, a determined Jewish immigrant from Latvia, and the matron of an upper-class suburban family. The central lives in all three tales contribute to a larger tapestry, one indicative of a nation whose diverse population finds unity in shared aspirations. Based on the novel by E.L. Doctorow, and adapted by Terrence McNally (book) and Stephen Flaherty (music), the 1990s Broadway run of Ragtime was known for its excessive bombast. While this newer adaptation might be more streamlined, Ragtime remains a moving celebration of the often fractious but absolutely essential differences that define our remarkably diversified country.