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When: Mondays-Wednesdays, Fridays-Sundays. Continues through Jan. 4 2015

This world premiere bills itself as a "wickedly delicious musical treat," and indeed the tone, Euro-hip with some goth bravado mixed in, is a welcome return to the dark fairy tale co-opted by a saccharine Disney sensibility. With the brothers Grimm (Jay Mast and Jeff Kurysz) as narrators, we follow a version of the story where Angelika, the children’s mother (Jennifer T. Grubb), has disappeared into the Black Forest; her kids' wanderlust stems simply from their deep desire to see her again. We journey too, realizing that, like Hansel (Jack Ball), we all want to believe in some kind of magic. Some of the songs in Justin Roberts's original score are merely serviceable, but others will have you singing along with the wickedly talented musician-actors: the rousing "This Place," "Crumb by Crumb," and Lotte the Witch's bawdy solo "You've Gotta Do It Alone." —Suzanne Scanlon

Price: $38.50

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