How very: Heathers the Mu­si­cal

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In 1988, the idea of mass mur­der­ing one’s high school class­mates was the stuff of dark cult fan­tasy, not the evening news. When Veron­ica Sawyer (Wi­nona Ry­der) and her bad-boy boyfriend J.D. (Chris­tian Slater) started killing their teen en­e­mies in the soon-to-be-cult film clas­sic Heathers, Gen­er­a­tion X greeted their deeds with char­ac­ter­is­tic cyn­i­cal de­tach­ment and last­ing af­fec­tion. A quar­ter of a cen­tury later, such crimes have be­come nearly com­mon­place, while Heathers has been re­born as a campy mu­si­cal, adapted for the stage by Kevin Mur­phy and Lau­rence O’Keefe. The­ater stu­dents at Santa Fe Univer­sity of Art and De­sign per­form this sendup of mean-girl clique cul­ture, play­ing teens monochro­mat­i­cally dressed to kill and wield­ing cro­quet mal­lets. Heathers the Mu­si­cal opens at 7 p.m. on Fri­day, April 22 (with a 6 p.m. gala), at the Greer Gar­son Theatre (1600 St. Michael’s Drive). Ad­di­tional per­for­mances are on Satur­day, April 23, and Sun­day, April 24, as well as April 29, 30, and May 1. The show takes place on Fri­days and Satur­days at 7 p.m. and Sun­days at 2 p.m. Tick­ets, $15 with dis­counts avail­able, can be pur­chased by call­ing 505-988-1234 or by vis­it­ing www.tick­etssantafe.org. — J.L.

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