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Spring Awakening 

When: Fridays-Sundays. Continues through June 17 2018
Price: $12-$20

Ours isn't the only nation to have lost perspective on—and lives over—the sexuality of its youth. In the 1870s, as the Comstock Laws criminalized the distribution of information on birth control in the United States, Germany's new Reich Criminal Code banned "anything that offends the public's sense of modesty and morality in a sexual sense." In subsequent years, the Kaiser, conservative political parties, and certain "morality leagues" demanded those laws be tightened further. This is why teenagers in a small German town are desperately looking for insight into the changes their bodies are undergoing. No adult is telling them anything because of a toxic combination of legal intimidation, distaste, religious beliefs, and ignorance. What happens when a generation learns about its sexuality strictly through trial and error? Frank Wedekind recorded the results in his controversial, frequently banned play. Then, playwright Steven Sater and nineties pop-music maven Duncan Sheik adapted it into a Tony-winning musical in 2007, just in time for renewed assaults on contraception by the American right. Aya Wallace choreographs and Timothy Locklear directs. —Byron Woods



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