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War Horse 

When: Oct. 2-7 2012
Price: $35-65

The much-promoted centerpiece of DPAC's fall series of touring stage shows arrives with more fanfare than one might anticipate for a simple play about a boy, his pet horse and their separation during WWI. The result has become an international sensation, spawning lengthy runs on both the London stage and on Broadway, and has now expanded to touring productions. There was also a Steven Spielberg film last year, but it didn't have the life-sized horse puppets that distinguish the stage version, and thus I avoided it. Indeed, I've been holding out on all versions of War Horse out of a desire to see those puppets; a preview DPAC held earlier this year was absolutely uncanny. Those things are just like real horse-actors on stage! And I demand to be reduced to tears like most grown men who've seen this thing. Performances are at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 2–4, 8 p.m. Oct 5, 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. Oct. 6, and 1 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. Oct. 7. Tickets run $36–$65, and based on my failed efforts to see this on Broadway last year, that's a stone bargain. —Zack Smith

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