Given the 24-hour media cycle and the global onslaught of war, poverty, disease and more war, the idea of Utopia can become incredibly appealing. After scanning the depressing headlines, who wouldn’t want to live in a world in which sickness, prejudice and penury simply don’t exist? Seems ideal – ideal, that is, until you realize that such a world is also devoid of choices, colors, music and love. Metro Theater Company and the Edison Theatre explore such a place in The Giver, a powerful stage adaptation of Lois Lowry’s award-winning book. The story’s twelve-year-old protagonist, Jonas, is given the weighty responsibility of holding all the haunting memories of his now-whitewashed world. The eponymous Giver (played by acclaimed St. Louis actor Nicholas Kryah) transfers the memories of poverty, illness and war to young Jonas – and what seems a burden also becomes a gift, as Jonas sees what his community was like when it was still inspired by creativity and lit by love. The Giver is performed at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday (January 7 through 23) at Washington University’s Edison Theatre (6445 Forsyth Boulevard; 314-935-6543 or Tickets are $12 to $16.
Fridays-Sundays. Starts: Jan. 7. Continues through Jan. 23, 2011

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