Will the serum work? And will it finally being "normal" be everything Anna's dreamed? The arc of the story is not full of surprise plot points, and there's never much doubt about what is going to happen: it's the how that must sustain us. And although the unfolding at moments feels a little pat — as when Anna and Jake bond preternaturally quickly over David Copperfield — playwright Wolfe has a playful bent and an excellent ear for the teenager's patois. Her characters and their quirks, lovingly drawn by the cast, are both entertaining and affecting enough to carry us through to Anna's final, inevitable realization about living in her own skin. ^

THE FREAKS CLUB | Book and lyrics by MK Wolfe | Music and additional lyrics by Thomas Adams | Directed by Al D'Andrea | Musical direction by Kellie Moodie| Produced by Snowlion Repertory Company | through June 23 | snowlionrep.com

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