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When: Saturdays, Sundays. Continues through Dec. 18 2016

This sweet, unpretentious revival of Stephen Schwartz and John-Michael Tebelak’s 1971 folk-rock musical adapted from the New Testament (specifically the parables in the Books of Matthew and Luke) began as a student production last May at Carthage College. Now, in a professional incarnation from new company Red Crescendo and directed by Dan Brennan, it retains the fresh-faced, ensemble feel of a heartfelt college production. Some of the acting is rough, and not all of the singing is virtuosic, but the production, performed to guitar, keyboard, and simple percussion, is moving, sincere, and bursting with life. Christian Aldridge and Alex Johnson are standouts as, respectively, Jesus and John the Baptist/Judas. Three days later the show was still stuck in my head. —Jack Helbig

Price: $12

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