Passing Strange

When: Sundays, 2 p.m. and Fridays, Saturdays, 8 p.m. Continues through Oct. 30 2016

The Youth flees the middle-class Baptist home of his mother in pursuit of a life in music. His journey takes him from Los Angeles to Amsterdam and West Berlin, where his blackness is perceived as exotic. Female company and drugs are easy to find, but the ability to be honest with himself is more elusive. The musical Passing Strange is loosely based on the life of its composer, Stew, who combined his rock background with the theatrical acumen of his collaborator Heidi Rodewald to create a different kind of show. The Washington University Performing Arts Department presents Passing Strange at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday (October 21 to 30) at Washington University's Edison Theatre (6445 Forsyth Boulevard; Tickets are $10 to $20.

Paul Friswold

Price: $10-$20

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