Bare: A Pop Opera | Epworth United Methodist Church | Theater & Performance | Chicago Reader
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Laura Leigh Smith

When: Fridays-Sundays. Continues through Nov. 6 2016
Price: $25
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If Christian rock had a secular cousin, it might sound something like Jon Hartmere Jr. and Damon Intrabartolo's 2000 musical about two queer young men and their peers coming of age at a Catholic boarding school. Refuge Theatre Project revives the original version (a second began circulating in 2012) in Edgewater's Epworth United Methodist church sanctuary, an act of site specificity that offers an uncomplicated thematic backdrop at the expense of audio and microphone/speaker inconsistencies. There's no question that Matt Dominguez's expansive young cast is vocally adept; whether or not everyone is suited to the angsty, raw-sounding, musical-theater pop-rock score of the era is more iffy. As Sister Chantelle, A. Nikki Greenlee is a highlight who offers doses of adrenaline throughout. —Dan Jakes

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