Anne Frank’s The Diary of a Young Girl is one of those rare books that is not only historically revelatory but also a certified best-seller. More than 30 million copies of Frank’s teenage opus have been sold, a number that places it between Gone With the Wind and The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo on the all-time charts — not bad for a checked autograph book gifted to Anne on her 13th birthday and begun two days later without the ambitions of literary posterity. It has since become an indelible document of girlhood blossoming during the existential horror of Nazism, a work so cemented in our culture that you know the story even if you haven’t cracked its spine. A poignant theatrical version of the book earned a Pulitzer Prize in 1955, a play which received a more harrowing adaptation in 1997 by Wendy Kesselman. It’s this fresh take on the familiar saga of the Frank family that the students of Florida Atlantic University will bravely tackle for the next two weekends in a production that promises to scale new heights of authenticity — perhaps subliminally touching on the USA’s current flirtation with fascism. As the promotional materials declare, “Anne Frank demands that we remember that the vilification of others is not only dangerous but that it destroys our humanity.” A denunciation of Trumpism couldn’t be clearer. The Diary of Anne Frank runs this Friday through November 20 at FAU’s Studio One Theatre (777 Glades Rd., Boca Raton). Showtimes are 7 p.m. Thursday through Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday. Tickets cost $20. Call 561-297-6124 or visit fauevents.com.
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