If there is any synthesis to be found in Spring Awakening, perhaps it's in the love between Hansy (the sublime Joe Bearor, whose extended monologue-cum-bout-of-onanism is absolutely breathtaking) and his male friend Robel (Asa Heath, beautifully). As they tryst secretly, we have a rare glimpse of momentarily perfect, uncomplicated happiness. Their distinction lies in their sweetly laconic wisdom about how soon the moment's intensity will pass. Maybe years from now, they say, they'll look back at this afternoon and remember it as "indescribably nice." Or maybe, they smile lovingly, as "ridiculous."

Megan Grumbling can be reached at mgrumbling@hotmail.com.

SPRING AWAKENING | by Frank Wedekind, translated by Jonathan Franzen | Directed by Christine Marshall | Produced by Mad Horse Theatre Company, at Lucid Stage, in Portland | through May 22 | 207.899.3993

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