Monday, October 24 th, 2016 at 00:10 am 

Bare is a musical at New World Stages on 50th street, which has made a very tidy living out of taking hits when they aren’t quite popular and putting them in a smaller venue, and doing very well with them. To my knowledge, Bare hasn’t had a previous venue, but it’s very good and seems like it is snatched from the headlines. I saw it fairly late in the run and the place was packed! The story is about kids at a parochial school and the class dweeb falls in love with the highschool jock, and it turns out they have a love, and dare not say its name. You also have the highschool slut who turns out to not be a slut, and the outsider who turns out to be not quite so mean. You’ve seen the stereotypes before. The music is good, the voices are terrific, the setting is a bit bare, but certainly adequate for what it wants, and you really do get involved with the characters. This is really good theater. If I’m going to be a little nit-picky, which I could, I think the first act is two songs too long. But it has a great cast, great coreography, great voices, and a plot right out of the headlines, so I give it four stars.