What was the date and place the original Tom Sawyer play took place?

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The first Tom Sawyer play was produced in Seattle by the Seattle Children's Theater during their 1976-1977 season. 

If you were referring to the first Broadway play, The Adventures of Tom Sawyer opened at the Minskoff Theater in New York City on April 26, 2001 and closed on May 13, 2001.

The Broadway show received mixed reviews, particularly a very negative review in the New York Times. One thing that was criticized was their portrayal of Tom as a very immature 14-year-old boy. Needless to say, Tom has his immature moments, but while Mark Twain does not specify Tom's age, he is certainly younger in the book and his actions are much more age appropriate.

Only a few plays have been produced from this book as of yet. One problem producers seem to have encountered was dealing with Twain's episodic style, his tendency to jump from one scene to the next and let the reader figure out what was happening. Some dealt with this problem by appointing a character as a narrator; for instance one play had a Mark Twain character narrating, while another had Huck narrating.

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