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Liberal Arts: The Musical! Closing (Theater and Galleries) Member Picks The Short List (Theater)

When: April 14-May 13 2012

Underscore Theatre Company's ensemble-devised musical follows the trajectory of the typical freshman year: the first half is awkward, silly, and full of painful interactions; it's only after the break that the interesting character developments and weird hookups go down. Backed by a live five-piece band, the musical numbers are much more upbeat and cutesy than they have a right to be given the Hobbesian status struggle I remember from my years as a liberal-arts undergrad. Alex Higgin-Houser's cast have energy and vocal talent, but this two-and-a-half-hour show is still a long slog rarely relieved by insight or humor. —Keith Griffith

Price: $20


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