The Burnt Part Boys | Theater Wit | Theater & Performance | Chicago Reader
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When: Thursdays-Sundays. Continues through Dec. 22 2012
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In the universe of this musical by Chris Miller, Nathan Tysen, and Mariana Elder, the "Burnt Part" is a piece of West Virginia coal country where, in 1952, an accident claimed the lives of many local miners. It's now ten years later, and the company that owns the Burnt Part is about to reopen it for mining. A morose eighth grader named Pete lost his dad in the accident and sees the reopening as a profanation of sacred ground. So he and his picturesque pals—feral tomboy Frances and marshmallow-plump Dusty—set out to stop it. Jonathan Berry's Griffin Theatre staging has some nice moments, particularly when the ghosts of the dead miners show up. But the story lacks real conflict because it never offers a strong impression of what's at stake if the mine should fail to reopen. Seeing things too much from the point of view of the kids, The Burnt Part Boys becomes a show for kids. —Tony Adler



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