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When: Tuesdays-Sundays. Continues through Jan. 4 2015

For three months in 2010, Twisted Sister front man Dee Snider had a role in the hair-metal jukebox musical Rock of Ages. I'm guessing that's when he decided it wouldn't be so hard to write one of his own. What he came up with is pretty amusing in concept: a tale of four lovable headbangers so dumb they can't even sell their souls to Satan correctly. No matter how hard they try, their highway to hell turns into a stairway to heaven. It might've made for a strong ten minutes in an off-Loop sketch revue. But what we've got here isn't a sketch. It's a cheesy 90-minute pseudospectacle, poorly thought out and sloppily executed in a production that screams undercapitalized! Snider appears, mostly as the narrator, doing lead-ins like "They would soon find out," and the score mixes his signature tunes with rocked-up Christmas standards. You'd have to be a real Twisted Sister fanatic to get any pleasure out of this, and I don't know any. —Tony Adler

Price: $38-$91

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