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That every hero and heroine in The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee is a misfit we secretly recognize from the bathroom mirror explains how this musical has thrived 17 years. Add to successful productions, MNM Theatre Company’s accumulation of youngsters trying to find their self-worth amid the high-pressure competition of the bee finals.
Thinking Cap Theatre returns to producing live on stage works that challenge the mind with Maria Irene Fornes’ Fefu and her Friends, a densely packed contemplation on feminism, gender stereotypes, sexuality and relationships in an evening that will excite some and simply confuse others.
MNM’s production of Stephen Sondheim’s groundbreaking musical Company is intermittently lit with incandescent performances worth the price of admission by themselves, but the overall piece disappointingly lacks crispness, passion and, until the last 10 minutes, heart.
Hair never was and isn’t now accurate reportage on the 1968 counter-culture,any more than Oklahoma was a faithful account of homesteading on the eve of statehood. But what the raw material got right and MNM Productions’ engaging edition gets right at the Kravis Center is the infectious vitality, youthful optimism and the genuine sense of communal love.