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When: Fridays. Continues through April 10 2015

Billed as a John Hughes-inspired pastiche, Colleen Breen's long, intermissionless comedy opens with a levelheaded boy settling in at a new school supervised by a cracked, out-of-his-depth principal. Then there's a wild-west twist: the new kid's a sharpshooter with a family to avenge, and the only varsity sport is gunslinging. But the show is quickly saddled with contrivances. The principal remains utterly ineffectual until, as a last-ditch effort, he railroads the new guy into advancing the plot under obviously, exasperatingly false pretenses. And for all their perverse energy, even the few entertaining performances (Jared Miller unabashedly brings the personality of an epileptic chihuahua to the role of the bad guy's dipshit son) can't compensate for the bummer of a sloppy plot. —Jena Cutie

Price: $15, $10 students


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