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Ireon Roach and Megan Napier

Ireon Roach and Megan Napier

Dean La Prairie

When: Thursdays-Sundays. Continues through Jan. 23 2016
Price: $15, $10 students
Kirsten Greenidge’s moving, well-written 2011 play concerns a group of aimless, low-achieving high school girls and the people around them who keep them down. So it's fitting that this production, codirected by Mechelle Moe and Joel Ewing, is cast mostly with students from Senn Arts Magnet School (where they're members of the Yard, which coproduced the play with Raven Theatre). But these guys are anything but low achieving—their performances are universally strong, the cast negotiating the emotional twists with grace and power. Honestly, this ensemble could hold its own in any non-Equity production in town. Ireon Roach and Tevion Lanier are particularly compelling as a striving but confused sophomore and the quirky boy who shows her there's a better way. —Jack Helbig

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