REVIEW: The Kansas City Star on “13”

Robert Trussell of The Kansas City Star reviewed the February 13 performance:

Spinning Tree Theatre’s ’13’ captures adolescent angst with humor

One thing I’ve learned on the job is this: The shows I dread the most often turn out to be among the best.

“13” is a one-act musical by composer/lyricist Jason Robert Brown and book-writers Dan Elish and Robert Horn. It’s about tween angst and is designed to be performed by real tweens and teenagers. The very idea of such a show was enough to make your jaded theater critic want to run as fast as he could in the opposite direction.

But “13” turns out to be a delightful 90 minutes-plus at the theater. It’s funny, acerbic and droll. Neither Brown’s lyrics nor the dialogue shy away from the nightmarish psychic traumas of adolescence, but the material is handled with finesse and a wicked sense of humor.

Read the full review here
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