Teenaged love and all its angsty conflict can get very dramatic. In Jon Hartmere Jr. and Damon Intrabartolo’s bare, that drama turns into tragedy. The pop opera that Variety called a “magnificent, totally original contemporary musical extravaganza” tells the story of two gay teens struggling with their sexuality at an upscale Catholic boarding school. Jason is the school’s hotshot. He’s great at sports and school work, and he’s got a pretty girl chasing after him. But he’s having secret sex with his best friend Peter. When Jason and Peter are outed, it’s more than one of them can stand.

The show features some critically hailed music. Melodic and romantic tunes with names like “Best Kept Secret,” “Are You There” and “Ever After” make this Houston premiere a promising bet for the summer theater season. 8 p.m. Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays. Through June 21. Country Playhouse, 12802 Queensbury. For tickets and information, call 713–467–4497 or visit $15 to $20.
Fridays, Saturdays, 8 p.m.; Thursdays, 8 p.m. Starts: June 6. Continues through June 19, 2008

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