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When: Thursdays-Sundays. Continues through Sept. 20 2015

This 2008 show by Nick Blaemire and James Gardiner, about four high school chums getting together after a year away at college, has the dubious distinction of having closed the night it opened on Broadway. Watching Matt Dominguez’s revival for Refuge Theatre, it's not hard to see why. Gardiner's book is long on aimless conversations, short on story. And Blaemire’s rock songs, though diverting, can't do anything to jump-start a musical that's dead in the water. Which is a shame, because Gardiner has gathered a wonderful cast of four fresh-faced, energetic singer-actors (Bradley Atkinson is particularly appealing as the show's narrator and leader of the pack) whose movement he orchestrates with a finesse that makes me wish the show had some heft to it. —Jack Helbig

Price: $20

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