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When: Mon., Feb. 8, Thursdays-Saturdays, Wed., March 3, 8 p.m. and Wed., March 10, 8 p.m. Continues through March 13 2010

Especially as performed by New Colony's amazingly sharp and intimate cast, the first half of this new play--about Christian summer-camp counselors who take Ecstasy thinking it's Aleve--is hilarious. The second half dulls out some as the counselors, crashing, get all earnest and plaintive and start confessing to spiritual doubts, personal animosities, and--predictably--the sort of sexual feelings that can keep a guy out of fundamentalist heaven. But the most impressive thing about the show, funny or dull, is the respect it evinces for the characters. The notion of Christians on dope could've triggered the most heavy-handed, maybe even vengeful caricature. But co-authors Evan Linder and Tara Sissom don't pull that particular trigger. As a consequence, they've created something subtle, human, and humane. Think of it as the play Jesus would've written if he got high. --Tony Adler

Price: $15-$25

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