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Review: In ‘Tiny Beautiful Things,’ Cheryl Strayed’s advice columns are reborn as very human theater

The production, directed by James Vásquez, trusts in the drama of ordinary human struggle. Some of the letters are wacky, a good many are ribald, a few are profoundly sad. Midway through the 85-minute production, it wasn’t clear whether the letters would simply accumulate or dramatically build. But the gravity is ratcheted up, and the intensity with which Alladin’s Sugar both listens and responds is deeply affecting.