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LA Theater Review

Spring Awakening

Jonathan Franzen's translation of Frank Wedekind's 1906 classic about burgeoning hormones in German teens (the guilt and repression leading to exile and suicide) gets largely obliterated under Dana Murphy and Patrick Riley's staging. The young and energetic cast romps through the text in costumes (by Camille Campbell) that blend the beginnings of that century and ours, and the co-directors show an admirable spark for theatricality, within the confines of cinematic realism. But the hyperkinetic pace and deliberately campy attitude roll right over the very shape of scenes, so that the sexuality, and parody, and tragedy, all roll into a blur.

Lonesome No More! at The Complex, 6475 Santa Monica Blvd., Hollywood. Fri., 10:30 p.m.; Sun., 2 p.m.; thru June 26 (Also Thu., June 23, 8 p.m.)

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