An ever-timely Spring Awakening

Spring Awakening; courtesy Tri-M Productions

An often-banned 1891 play about adolescent sexuality in the repressive environment of 19th-century Germany might not seem like Broadway musical material but it spawned a 2006 show that won eight Tony Awards, including best musical, and four Drama Desk Awards, including outstanding musical. Now Spring Awakening is being produced in Santa Fe with a 22-person cast by the adventurous Tri-M Productions.

It’s not for the faint of heart — the script deals with ever-timely issues, including teen suicide, child abuse, incest, rape, a fatally botched abortion, sadomasochism, and religion as a defense mechanism. (Tri-M recommends that attendees be at least of high school age.) The New York Times described Spring Awakening as “exhilarating,” going on to say, “A fresh breeze of true inspiration blows steadily through this ambitious if imperfect show.” Variety hailed it as “a fascinating collision between the 19th and the 21st centuries.”

7 p.m. Friday, June 24, and July 1; 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. Saturday, June 25, and July 2; 3 p.m. Sunday, June 26, and July 3. New Mexico Actors Lab Theater, 1213 Parkway Dr.; $30, with discounts available,; face masks required

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