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Many American children have had experiences with war’s effect on families and communities, as parents and other relations have gone off to serve in Afghanistan and Iraq. This tale opening at Seattle Children’s Theatre, written by noted playwright Suzan Zeder (the third work in a dramatic trilogy), takes young viewers back to the final days of World War II. In the town of Ware, Ill., in 1945, the 11-year old Buddy is buoyed by a friendship with a local deaf man as he anxiously waits with his mother and sister for news of his brother Ricky, a soldier. Secrets and strange doings are gradually unveiled, in what the director, SCT artistic head Linda Hartzell, describes as “a drama, mystery and adventure rolled into one. The play really demonstrates the interdependence of community members during times of crisis.” The Seattle debut features local actors, as well as performers from the original Austin, Texas, cast. It is recommended for youths age 10 and up. Plays Friday-March 17 at Seattle Children’s Theatre, Seattle Center; $23-$39 (206-441-3322 or

Misha Berson, Seattle Times theater critic

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