"tick, tick ... BOOM!" theater review 

This is the story of a perpetually "promising" composer on the verge of turning 30. The composer in question is Jonathan Larson of RENT fame. Larson, charmingly played by Dane Rogers, narrates. As he guides us toward the birthday celebration he dreads, his doubts and fears about his chosen career are made manifest. The minimalistic set, with its multiple levels and abstract light panels, is used to great effect to evoke different environments. Lighting, sound and costume changes assist as well, and the characterizations are well defined. The actors are focused and believable, and the story has a solid, enjoyable arc. The band is good, although they occasionally overpower the vocals. Meaning is often lost as Rogers loses articulation and rushes through dialogue. He and fellow cast members Michael Davis and Niki Hurrle-Warner are talented singers, however, and they render the many songs with passion, strength and humor. Through Aug. 16; 317-390-0363, www.wayne.k12.in.us/wtef/theatre.htm.

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