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When: Wednesdays-Sundays. Continues through Aug. 6 2017

About Face Youth Theatre's "queer as f**k riot grrrl musical" focuses on Danni, a biracial teenager in 1990s Washington State, who's swept into the riot grrrl movement of that time—a feminist reaction to, and against, the male-dominated punk music and art scene of the day. Initially inspired by the rhetoric and charisma of riot grrrl leader Kathleen Hanna (real-life lead singer-songwriter of the band Bikini Kill), Danni (Kyla Norton), an aspiring artist and writer, gradually becomes disenchanted with the riot grrrls' white, cisgender insularity, even as she grapples with her own shifting gender identity. The show—devised by the ensemble (aged 12-23) under the direction of Ali Hoefnagel and Kieran Kredell—celebrates the radical impulse of the 1990s riot grrrls while bringing a 2017 perspective to the story. Featuring aggressive choreography by Erin Kilmurray and hard-edged musical direction by Nicholas Davio, the show sensitively and accessibly explores the tensions between young people's passion to create a better world and their need for individual self-affirmation and peer approval. —Albert Williams

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