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Head Over Heels Staff Pick

When: Thursdays-Saturdays, 8 p.m. Continues through March 28 2020
Price: $20-$30
King Basilius has been given an ominous four-part prophecy that comes with dire consequences; if all four parts are fulfilled, the kingdom will lose the famous "beat" that maintains its health and fortune. As if he didn't have enough problems. His oldest daughter, Pamela, is incredibly beautiful but will not select a husband from her many suitors. Basilius' younger daughter Philoclea is in love with her childhood friend Musidorus, a shepherd with no real prospects. If all of this seems like strange source material for a musical, you'd be right; but throw in the songs and music of the Go-Go's and you're on to something. Jeff Whitty and James Magruder's Head Over Heels loosely adapts the sixteenth-century novel The Countess of Pembroke's Arcadia into a modern story of gender politics, identity and the need to progress from the old ways to the new. New Line Theatre presents Head Over Heels at 8 p.m. Thursday through Saturday (March 5 to 28) at the Marcelle Theatre (3310 Samuel Shepard Drive; www.newlinetheatre.com). Tickets are $20 to $30.
— Paul Friswold

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