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Two productions open this week, one relatively small, the other significantly larger. The former is a warm-hearted story about the ties that bind, the latter is a touring spectacle regarding the life of a very powerful lady.

St. Petersburg Little Theatre stages Over the River and Through the Woods, a comedy by Joe Pietro celebrating the foibles of family love via a story about a young man and his Italian grandparents. Nick is a late 20-something yuppie who's just been offered his dream job. The only problem? He'd have to relocate all the way across the country, leaving his adoring (and sometimes overbearing) grandparents behind. Of course, they aren't about to take it sitting down. Directed by Michael DuMochel.

8 p.m. Thu.-Sat., 2 p.m. Sun., Nov. 3-20. $18 general/$10 students with valid I.D. St. Petersburg Little Theatre, 4025 31st St. S., St. Petersburg, 727-866-1973,

A huge traveling production of the Andrew Lloyd Webber/Tim Rice musical, Evita, rolls into town and stops for an interlude at the Tampa Bay Performing Arts Center.

Told almost entirely through song and dance, Evita follows a young girl, Eva Maria Duarte, as she journeys from her small home town to Buenos Aires, where she works her feminine charms to climb the ladder of success, first as a model, then an actress, and ultimately, as the wife of General Juan Peron, who's eventually elected to be president of Argentina.

7:30 p.m. Tue.-Thu., 8 p.m. Fri., 2 and 8 p.m. Sat., 2 and 7:30 p.m. Sun., Nov. 6-13. $31.50-$67.50. Carol Morsani Hall, Tampa Bay Performing Arts Center, 1010 N. MacInnes Place, Tampa, 813-229-7827,