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You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown Good grief! Charlie Brown and his friends entertain themselves on a typical day, with baseball, blankets and Schroeder's favorite — Beethoven. Between Lucy's overbearing personality and crabbiness, which she has to confirm through a self-made survey, and Snoopy's melodramatic cry for food, the musical keeps the audience excitedly watching. Each act features catchy tunes played by the talented pianist Stephen W. Jones, and whether the songs are fast or slow, happy or sad, there's an energy throughout the show. Regardless of age, all the actors capture their characters, and Dionysus Theatre's inclusive casting — the show features some actors with disabilities — channels Charlie Brown's message. Though the play is geared toward children (their nonstop laughter at a recent show was proof of that), even adults can enjoy the lighthearted musical of everyone's favorite comic strip. Charlie Brown may not be perfect, but at the end of the day, he's still the hero everyone loves. Through July 21. Jewish Community Center, 5601 S. Braeswood, 713-728-0041. — IP

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