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Woody Sez: The Life and Music of Woody Guthrie 

When: Tuesdays-Sundays. Continues through Oct. 21 2012
Price: $25-65, opening night $75
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Amiable, energetic, and politically toothless, this musical by Nick Corley and David Lutken follows the hard life and times of radical folkie Woody Guthrie, from his troubled childhood in Oklahoma, through the turbulent Depression years (paying particular attention to the westward migration of desperate Okies and Arkies), to his decline and death from Huntington's chorea. Along the way the four-person cast doubles as an ear-pleasing Weavers-esque quartet. Songs by Guthrie and others are well performed, and the story is entertaining enough. But Woody Sez tends to soft-pedal Guthrie's political views, as if—like the radio executives who banned Guthrie for singing prounion songs in the 1930s—Corley and Lutken were afraid to offend Northlight Theatre's comfortable audience. —Jack Helbig

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