"American Idiot" begins with a bold declaration. Johnny, our punk rock hero, is fed up with dull suburban life: “Let’s start a war, shall we?” he sneers with juvenile glee.
It’s never quite clear who’s fighting whom and what stakes are involved, but the restless energy, the desire to fight something -- anything -- quickly takes the audience for a ride.
The touring production of the 2009 Tony Award-winning musical opened at the Keller Auditorium on Tuesday night, bringing music from Green Day’s 2004 Grammy-winning album, "American Idiot", to the stage. Angry, emotional, and at times a tad awkward, the show attempts to tackle some of life’s biggest questions through the lens of the mixed-up youth of today.
The story kicks off immediately when Johnny, played with enormously infectious energy by Jared Nepute, grabs his best friends, Will and Tunny, and sets sights on life in the big city. The trio is split before their dream gets off the ground when Will’s girlfriend reveals a handful of positive pregnancy tests.
Will, played by Casey O’Farrell, remains onstage the rest of the show, imprisoned on a couch with the increasingly-pregnant Heather, played by the criminally underutilized Mariah MacFarlane. O’Farrell plays great contrast to the energetic Nepute, and manages a surprising depth of emotion out of rolling joints and staring blankly into the distance.
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When: 7:30 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday, Nov. 12-16; 2 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 16; 1:30 and 6:30 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 17
Where: Keller Auditorium, S.W. Third Avenue and Clay St
Tickets: Starting at $29, BroadwayAcrossAmerica.com/Portland, TicketsWest locations; Portland Opera Box Office, 503-241-1802 or 866-739-6737; Portland'5 Box Office, 800-273-1530