Flux Capacitor: A Very McFly Musical Closing (Theater and Galleries) Recommended The Short List (Theater)

When: Fridays. Continues through July 25 2014

Back to the Future is the wellspring of Amanda Murphy's new fun-addled musical, presented by pH Productions. Teen Marty McFly redirects the swerve of history after he's dispatched in his time-traveling car to 1955, the year his parents are supposed to meet. Among the song-and-dance routines is a witty piece choreographed for embodied flux capacitors—aka the chorus line. The cast sometimes employ a campy style of singing that broadly parodies musical theater conventions, as when mad inventor Doc announces he's been fatally shot with a booming aria. Other deviations from straight singing—Marty's mom's forced screech and his dad's buffoonish bass in particular—are a source of comic inventiveness, yet the performers stop short of plumbing the full potential for silliness. That said, notwithstanding a few novel touches that didn't rev my engines, like Marty's last-minute j'accuse concerning Doc's ethical evasions, the show should satisfy fans. —Jena Cutie

Price: $10-$20

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