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Fringe review: Boy in the Basement

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Boy in the Basement
Wisdom Tooth Theater Project; Anderson, IN
3 Stars

This hormone-enraged romp is a very accessible introduction to comedic theater and has bucketsful of pop-appeal, but it lacks any real direction or ingenuity. The narrator's part is beautifully written; his lines of classic literary imagery are read from off-stage, while scenes of physical comedy silently transpire on stage with excellent comedic pace. The comic value of the show is at its best when no one on stage is talking. The overtly stereotypical characters are each endearing in their own way, but are shallowly layered. In a sentence: it's a slightly smarter theatric version of American Pie, with a few breadcrumbs for the well-read theater lover.

Phoenix Theatre: Thursday, Aug. 26, 7:30 p.m.; Saturday, Aug. 28, 9:00 p.m.; Sunday, Aug. 29, 3:00 p.m.

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