Fourteen years ago, the world met Michael Chabon’s Kavalier & Clay, a sprawling novel about two Jewish cousins in 1940—one a nervous New Yorker, the other a magician who fled Nazi-occupied Prague—and their rise to comic-book glory. The novel became a kind of Moby-Dick for the McSweeney’s generation with its explorations of WWII, comics culture, Jewish mysticism, magic, vaudeville, and a wide variety of romantic misadventures. Book-It has adapted this beast into a five-hour play that makes for a rock-solid, consistently entertaining evening. (Center Theatre, Seattle Center Armory,, 6 pm, $23–$48, through July 13)

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