Johnny Ten Bones Closing (Theater and Galleries) The Short List (Theater)

When: Saturdays, Sundays. Continues through Feb. 14 2010

Though the songs and final script of this musical were written by adults, the “characters and concepts” came from the Brain Surgeon Theater ensemble, which includes both grown-ups and children. That may be why this account of strange happenings in a small American town circa 1957 is often incoherent. But it may also be why it’s so compellingly fearless. In my experience, kids aren’t nearly as afraid as adults are of taking a story where it needs to go, and this one goes to the heart of a certain kind of darkness, situated inside a cosmically forlorn boy. It’s a plus that there’s a lot of brightness along the way, but don’t expect polish. —Tony Adler

Price: $12 in advance online, $15 or pay what you can at the door

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