‘Great Expectations’

Opening: Director Joel Sass has taken a stab at adapting Charles Dickens’ story of education, character and coming of age. Sass directed Dickens’ “Oliver Twist” last season at Park Square with good success. This time he is taking on the duties of writer as well. “Expectations” follows young Pip (Ryan Colbert) as he learns life lessons from a convict, a wealthy spinster and others. Remember Magwitch and Miss Havisham? Sass’ cast includes Hope Cervantes, Barbra Berlovitz, Ansa Akyea and Cheryl Willis. (Previews 2 p.m. today, 7:30 p.m. Tue.-Thu. $20-$37. Opens 7:30 p.m. Fri.-Sat., 2 p.m. next Sun. $40-$60. Ends Feb. 7. Park Square Theatre, 20 W. 7th Place, St. Paul. 651-291-7005, parksquaretheatre.org.)