By Brittany Crowell

Make Believe, the new play by Bess Wohl closing out Second Stage Theater’s 40th season and running at the Tony Kiser Theater through September 22 will challenge your imagination while waking up your inner child.

Following the Conlee family between two tragedies (one in the early 80s and one present day), Wohl’s piece, directed by Michael Greif, compares our methods of coping with tragedy and fear as children and adults.  Wohl’s characters, expertly performed by the ensemble of child and adult actors, encourage us to re-enter the world of our childhood make believe and to realize that it holds much more truth about the troubles of the world than we may have previously realized.

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MAKE BELIEVE – by Bess Wohl; Directed by Michael Greif

WITH – Kim Fischer (Chris); Susannah Flood (Addie); Ryan Foust (young Chris); Harrison Fox (young Carl); Maren Heary (young Kate); Brad Heberlee (Carl); Casey Hilton (young Addie); Samantha Mathis (Kate).

Set by David Zinn; costumes by Emilio Sosa; lighting by Ben Stanton; original music & sound by Bray Poor; production stage manager, Justin Scribner; stage management by Sarah G. Harris; press by Polk. & co.; casting by Telsey and Company; advertising by RPM.  Presented by Second Stage Theater: Carole Rothman, president and artistic director; Casey Reitz, executive director; Bennett Leak, associate artistic director; Sara Danielsen, general manager; Juniper Street Productions, Inc., production manager; Laura Dilorenzo, director of marketing and communications; Samuel J. Bellinger, direcot of finance; Anne McMillen, director of development.  At the Tony Kiser Theater (305 W 43rd St), (212) 246-4422;  Through September 22.  Running time: 85 Minutes.