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When: Thursdays. Continues through Sept. 29 2016

Public House Theatre's off-night, shoestring musical about the Christian messiah reborn as a socially maladjusted teenager torn between saving humanity and getting an awesome makeover is not unlike an early John Waters film. Playwright, director, and performer Jessica Wilcox indulges in tastelessness, absurdity, and self-conscious schlock—Girl Jesus needs to shave her armpits and freeze off her warts, the rapping D.A.R.E. instructor cautions high-schoolers to "never get high on your own supply"—and coaxes a few standout performances from her fellow cast members. It's a ragged, disjointed, and at times truly inept evening. Yet like the mesmerizing appearances of Waters regular Edith Massey, the flaws burnish the evening's disarming oddness. It’s a singular experience that gets awful just right. —Justin Hayford

Price: $10

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