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When: Thursdays-Saturdays. Continues through Dec. 4 2016

It’s hard to overstate just how angsty Bert V. Royal's 2004 unauthorized Peanuts parody really is. For a start, consider that Blink-182’s “Adam’s Song” is in the preshow song rotation for this Eclectic Theatre production. Charlie Brown (here "CB") mourns his dead rabies-infected dog and ponders mortality; the Lucy character is in prison for homicidal arson, while "Beethoven" (i.e., Schroeder) is a sex-abuse victim and the target of the self-loathingly closeted Matt (Pig-Pen). Royal's script is so preoccupied with young-adult themes—eating disorders, depression, drug use, homophobia, self-harm—that it feels sophomoric itself, lacking the self-awareness required to make much out of the dark comedy. There is, however, palpable energy to this unevenly cast ensemble of young actors directed by David Belew; Kirk Osgood in particular creates some undeniably emotion-packed moments as CB. —Dan Jakes

Price: $27, $17 students and seniors

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