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When: Thursdays-Sundays. Continues through March 22 2015

"What if we all picked the wrong religion and God is really mad at us?" The question comes seven years after a disaster has zapped America's power grid, setting off a wave of nuclear flameouts that has reduced the nation to uninhabitable wasteland. And the brilliant, outlandish musical that commandeers the final act of Anne Washburn's electrifying dark comedy offers a cheeky riposte: What if there's an incandescent atom of Bart Simpson in all of us? The play starts simply, with a half-dozen stressed-out strangers perched on a pink couch by a campfire in the woods, trying to regain a glimmer of normality by recapping the "Cape Feare" episode of The Simpsons (for nonfans, that's the one where Sideshow Bob erratically attempts to murder Bart on a houseboat). Well—they get really, really into it. So much so, it seems the episode has crept into the myth used to explain the original devastation. That's where Mr. Burns hits its satirical stride, but this Theater Wit show is dead-on funny throughout, and under Jeremy Weschler's direction, peculiarly poignant too. —Jena Cutie

Price: $15-$70

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