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MilkMilkLemonade Recommended Member Picks The Short List (Theater) Closing (Theater and Galleries)

When: Thursdays-Sundays. Continues through April 17 2011

This imaginative and colorful production of Joshua Conkel's 2009 play has the look and feel of a vaudeville pop-up book. John Wilson's set provides a fitting backdrop for the show's gay whimsy, yet brings out something more disturbing in Conkel's depictions of childhood isolation. The story plays on familiar tropes--the farm boy yearning to escape the sticks, the excitement and peril of growing up queer--but Conkel ups the ante by never compromising between sharp, sophisticated ideas about adolescence and fierce entertainment. Cassy Sanders supplies kinetic direction, and the gender-bent Pavement Group cast is magnificent--especially Matt Farabee and Jessica London-Shields as the farm boy and his schoolyard-bully lover. --Dan Jakes

Price: $20



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