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Boy in the Basement

Wisdom Tooth Theater Project; Anderson, IN

3 Stars

This hormone-enraged romp is a very accessible introduction

to comedic theater and has bucketsful of pop-appeal, but it lacks any real

direction or ingenuity. The narrator's part is beautifully written; his lines

of classic literary imagery are read from off-stage, while scenes of physical

comedy silently transpire on stage with excellent comedic pace. The comic value

of the show is at its best when no one on stage is talking. The overtly

stereotypical characters are each endearing in their own way, but are shallowly

layered. In a sentence: it's a slightly smarter theatric version of American

Pie, with a few breadcrumbs for the

well-read theater lover.

Phoenix Theatre: Thursday, Aug. 26, 7:30 p.m.; Saturday, Aug. 28, 9:00 p.m.;

Sunday, Aug. 29, 3:00 p.m.


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