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CST’s ‘Ragtime’ Opens Tonight

Harry Houdini makes an appearance. So does Henry Ford. J.P. Morgan, Emma Goldman. Admiral Robert Peary. Booker T. Washington. These real-life characters rub elbows with the well-heeled, the immigrants and the African-Americans who inhabit the world E.L. Doctorow created in his 1975 novel “Ragtime.” Local theatergoers will be transported back to 1906 America beginning tonight when Coeur d’Alene Summer Theatre stages the Terrence McNally, Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty musical adaption of the novel. In terms of plot summary, “Ragtime” seems simple enough. It’s the story of turn-of-the-20th-century America, as told through the eyes and experiences of three distinct social classes: a wealthy white family, a family of Jewish immigrants and an African-American musician. The real life characters from America’s history add to the tapestry as well/Carolyn Lamberson, SR. More here. (Kathy Plonka SR photo: Coeur d’Alene Summer Theatre’s production of “Ragtime” includes, from left, Joann Coleman and John Devereaux)

Question (for Coeur d'Alene Summer Theatre fans): Which CST production has been best so far this season?