On The Town Magazine published an article about Spring Awakenings. Here’s an excerpt:
Actors’ presents the provocative musical “Spring Awakening”
“You’re at one of the best times of your life.” It’s a statement that adults often say to teens unwittingly. At any age over thirty, you’re bound to look back at your teenage years and remember feeling young and carefree, all while forgetting the bewilderment and sometimes anguish the move from childhood to adulthood sometimes caused. This is the theme of Spring Awakening, a musical performing this month at Actors’ Theatre.
The play centers on Moritz and Melchior, two teens dealing with school, struggling with their parents’ expectations, and experiencing their own physical yearnings for the opposite sex for the first time. After Melchior has a fateful night with his crush, a naïve girl named Wendla, and Moritz fails his final exam, the friends make decisions that will affect the rest of their lives.
Originally written in 1890, Spring Awakening criticized what playwright Frank Wedekind saw as an overly conservative streak in nineteenth century German culture. Since then, this provocative play has been produced multiple times, with productions often being banned or closed early due to outcry over the content.
All of that changed in 2006 when singer/songwriter Duncan Sheik and lyricist Steven Sater adapted the work as an off-Broadway musical. It was a runaway hit, and that same year Spring Awakening moved to Broadway where it was lauded by critics and earned numerous awards.