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When: July 17-18 2014

About Face Youth Theatre Ensemble's one-hour show addresses the intersection of immigration and the LGBTQ experience that of late has given rise to the "undocuqueer" movement. Written by Shannon Matesky and developed by the ensemble, the stories are a stirring reminder that some teens are stuck in closets upon closets, forced to present a straight, American face to the world because their lives and families depend on it. Ranging in age from 14 to 23, the youth ensemble are the strongest part of the production, the performers' passion and clear personal connection to the subject matter rising above occasionally clunky dialogue. At times, though, the two issues seem to fight for prominence in the production—more structure and smoother transitions could make for a more cohesive message. Ali Hoefnagel directs. —Marissa Oberlander

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