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Teen angst turns to violence in ‘Punk Rock’

Alana Osborn-Lief and Alex Levy (front) with (back, from left) James Fay, Phil Gillen, Diego Buscaglia, and Alexandra Marie Harrington in “Punk Rock.”
Alana Osborn-Lief and Alex Levy (front) with (back, from left) James Fay, Phil Gillen, Diego Buscaglia, and Alexandra Marie Harrington in “Punk Rock.”Richard Hall/Silverline Images

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A group of British teens hang out in their school library, discussing Skittles as a lunch choice, worrying about which university they’ll attend in the fall, talking about the music they’re listening to. But “Punk Rock,” playwright Simon Stephens’s portrait of teen angst, takes a disturbing and violent turn, and this Zeitgeist Stage Company production captures all the terror and incomprehension that go with it.

The seven individuals onstage represent a range of typical teens: There’s Cissy (Alexandra Marie Harrington), the overachiever; Bennett (James Fay), her bullying boyfriend; Nicholas (Diego Buscaglia), the handsome jock; Tanya (Alana Osborn-Lief), the sensitive one; Chadwick (Alex Levy), the intellectual loner; Lilly (Emily White), the new girl; and the overeager and overimaginative William (Phil Gillen).

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