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When: Thursdays-Sundays. Continues through Dec. 15 2013
Price: $25-$36
griffintheatre.com
You'd be forgiven for thinking that this amiable musical comedy, about a group of quirky kids competing in a middle school spelling bee, is just another crowd-pleasing cash cow—Nunsense with nerds. That's how most companies approach it, going for easy laughs by playing up familiar stereotypes. But when you take the time to explore the characters and the story, as this sparkling Griffin Theatre Company production does, what emerges is the kind of angst-ridden exploration of the world of hyperachieving whiz kids that you expect from someone like William Finn, who wrote the music and lyrics. Director Scott Weinstein's savvy cast find the heart and soul of every character, and the result is nothing short of R-E-S-P-L-E-N-D-E-N-T. —Jack Helbig

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