When: Fri., Aug. 19, 9 p.m., Sat., Aug. 20, 6 p.m., Sun., Aug. 21, 1:30 p.m., Tue., Aug. 23, 6 p.m., Sat., Aug. 27, 10:30 p.m. and Sun., Aug. 28, 6 p.m. 2011
This musical takes you through a coming-of-age tale of unorthodox beginnings...Well, it's Satan. That's right: The Prince of Darkness recalls his childhood through music, laughter, and touching moments.
Giving Satan a chance to strut his stuff and crack wise about human self- righteousness and hypocrisy amounts to a kind of theatrical chestnut. Writers and performers have been trotting old Ned out to offer ribald commentary about human hypocrisy for centuries. In Ben Asaykwee’s iteration, the Devil’s a lounge singer. This is a promising set-up for an unevenly paced show that, nevertheless, has its moments thanks largely to Asaykwee’s limber jazz singing. The opening, which uses topical references to make an alarmingly convincing case that this has been one hell of a summer, is particularly effective. - David Hoppe
Price: $5 backer button, $10 general admission, $7 students with valid ID, $5 children under 12