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Punk Rock Closing (Theater and Galleries) Recommended The Short List (Theater)

When: Thursdays-Sundays. Continues through March 11 2012

"Sometimes I think I'm the best person in this town," says one of the bright, driven, dangerously sensitive kids in this red-blooded, 2009 play by British writer Simon Stephens. Combine that level of confidence with the natural volatility of youth, and the school those kids attend starts to look less like an institute for self-development than a powder keg waiting for a spark. Like punk rock itself, Stephens's kids are equal parts nihilism, revolution, aimless aggression, and noise, so each adolescent milestone, report cards to sex, gets invested with confusion and impossibly high stakes. Jonathan Berry's kinetic Griffin Theatre staging strikes a balance between suspenseful drama and thoughtful case study. His energetic, innocent-eyed cast are mostly up to task, even if they don't always display the apocalyptic capabilities the script demands. —Dan Jakes

Price: $24-$34

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