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When: Fridays, Saturdays. Continues through May 30 2015

The spoofed-to-death 1980s get the satirical treatment yet again in this musical comedy by Ed Furman, Pat Reidy, and TJ Shanoff. The plot concerns the prom-related aspirations of a plucky Molly Ringwald type who attends the sort of high school you find in the films of John Hughes. The student body includes a popular mean girl, a sensitive jock, a horny nerd, and two rebellious punks with an incongruous passion for Reaganomics. The script contains all the expected gags about obsolete technologies, stupid fads, and unflattering fashions; the songs are the era’s pop hits refitted with parody lyrics. Still, the show’s not entirely an exercise in nostalgia, thanks to the authors’ raunchy streak and the spiky performances in Mick Napier’s cheeky staging. —Zac Thompson

Price: $20


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