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Gracie and the Atom

Artists Repertory Theatre Southwest
Tue., April 27, 7:30 p.m., Wednesdays-Saturdays, 7:30 p.m., Sundays, 2 p.m. and Wed., May 19, 11 a.m. Continues through May 30 2010

$25-$47

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This brand-new musical written by McKinley (of Dirty Martini fame) deals with some pretty heavy subject matter: death, loss, abandonment, faith vs. rationality. The production doesn't exactly tackle these themes head on, but instead skirts around them, using humor and pop-song sensibilities as means to a somewhat vacant end. After her father's death, Gracie (Beth Sobo) is shipped off to an all-girls Catholic boarding school. Gracie is decidedly not Catholic, and she quickly finds herself an outsider among the faithful. The production's songs are more often than not comments on the play's action rather than devices to move the story forward. What remains feels watered down, and character transformations are left somewhat ambiguous and underdeveloped. Gracie and the Atom isn't, however, without merit. There are passionate performances, the production design is bright and engaging, and Allen Nause's direction seems inspired. NOAH DUNHAM

Artists Repertory Theatre

1515 SW Morrison, Portland, OR 97205

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  • Tue., April 27, 7:30 p.m., Wednesdays-Saturdays, 7:30 p.m., Sundays, 2 p.m. and Wed., May 19, 11 a.m. Continues through May 30 2010
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