Through April 7, at UConn's Connecticut Repertory Theatre, crt.uconn.edu
Now that everybody's had a chance to do Spring Awakening, not to mention Hair and Rent, what other modern angry-young-men shows are there for high school or college kids to rage through these days? Especially those who don't want to sing? Connecticut Repertory Theatre has uncovered a great contender: Punk Rock, a 2009 hit. The play is quintessentially British — it involves a group of rowdy sixth formers taking their A levels — but connects with universal teenage themes of anxiety, apathy, lust, violence, self-defeat and that old theatrical standby angst. The title isn't exactly precise, since the show is set in the school library at a boarding school. But the punk attitude is there, and The Breakfast Club this ain't. A review of the original 2009 production at the Hammersmith theater in London had one critic marveling that "The mostly young audience was hooked throughout, watching their own lives reflected back at them. They even broke into applause and cheers when one of the characters stood up to a bully."
UConn's Connecticut Repertory Theatre is presenting Punk Rock in its Studio Theatre March 28 at 7:30 p.m., March 29 & 30 at 8 p.m., April 3 & 4 at 7:30 p.m., April 5 at 8 p.m., April 6 at 2 & 8 p.m. and Sunday, April 7 at 2 p.m. For more info, call (860) 486-1629 or crt.uconn.edu. Once it gets Punk Rock out of its system, CT Rep rocks another youthful rebellion show, the musical Hairspray April 25-May 5.
In other Connecticut theater news, The Yale Repertory Theatre in New Haven has announced its 2013-14 season: Tennessee Williams' A Streetcar Named Desire, directed by Mark Rucker (Sept. 20-Oct. 12); Caryl Churchill's Owners, directed by Evan Yionoulis (Oct. 25-Nov. 16); Dario Fo's Accidental Death of an Anarchist, staged by the modern commedia dell'arte partnership of Christopher Bayes and Steven Epp (Nov. 30-Dec. 21); and three new plays: The Fairytale Lives of Russian Girls by Meg Miroshnik (Jan. 31-Feb. 22, 2014); These Paper Bullets, a modern reworking of Shakespeare's Much Ado About Nothing with a script by Rolin Jones (The Intelligent Design of Jenny Chow, TV's "Weeds"), direction by Jones' Yale School of Drama classmate Jackson Gay and new songs by Green Day frontman Billy Joe Armstrong (March 14-April 5, 2014); and Marcus Gardley's The House That Will Not Stand (April 18-May 10, 2014). Details at yalerep.org.