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When: Fridays. Continues through April 7 2017

High-schooler Isabel (Tabitha Rooney) wants to be a good wife when she grows up, just as her evangelical community has groomed her to be, but sexual urges and longing for the wider world make her break free. In this musical by Brad Kemp and Molly Miller there’s incest, embezzlement, a lousy first love, and a saintly, adopted, gay older brother (played by Alex Garday with enthusiasm matching Rooney’s) to show Isabel life in all its contradictory splendor. But every character is such an on-the-nose grotesque that it's difficult to take Purity Ball seriously as the send-up of religious intolerance it aspires to be. Director Tiffani Swalley lets Rooney belt out the best numbers, which she does with abandon. —Dmitry Samarov

Price: $20, $15 students


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