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A hairy situation, indeed


In the 1960s, Hair was introduced to an audience steeped in political and moral resistance. And after 40 years, Hair's transgressive blend of drugs, sexuality, free love and spirituality still has the power to shock, which is quite an achievement when you consider how jaded we as a society have become. Maybe that's due to the music — "Age of Aquarius" may have become respectable enough to enter the mainstream, but it's still electric when performed live — or maybe that's because the times, they haven't changed all that much. War abroad, political divisions at home, a youthful generation having to make serious choices about their lives and their futures for the first time in a critical election cycle: Is it 2008 or 1968? New Line Theatre lets its freak flag fly with a new production of Hair at the Washington University South Campus Theater (6501 Clayton Road; 314-534-1111 or Showtimes are at 8 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday (September 11 through October 18). There is no performance on Thursday, October 2, because of the vice presidential debate. Tickets are $10 to $20.
Wednesdays-Saturdays; Fri., Oct. 3; Sat., Oct. 4; Sun., Oct. 5; Wednesdays-Saturdays. Starts: Sept. 11. Continues through Oct. 18, 2008