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Thursday, August 19, 2010

Weekend To-Do: 'The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee'

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"THE 25TH ANNUAL PUTNAM COUNTY SPELLING BEE"
7:30 p.m., The Weekend Theater. $14-$18.

Spelling bees are rife with drama. Remember "Spellbound?" "Akeelah and the Bee?" I know you remember when Rebecca Sealfon shook and shouted her way though "euonym" to clinch the tournament in the late-'90s. That was the egghead equivalent of Michael Jordan blasting off from the free-throw line in the '88 Slam Dunk Contest. Now the Weekend Theater takes a shot at the nerve-wracking edu-sport with its new show, the Tony Award-winning, bee-centric musical comedy, "The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee," which follows a troupe of eccentric, adolescent brainiacs on their way to A-B-C glory. If you think that watching a scripted spelling contest may seem a bit light on actual tension, audience members have the opportunity to test their own alphabetic aptitude by signing up to participate on stage. (Julie Andrews gave it a shot in 2007 and was booted after stumbling over the granddaddy of all stumpers, "supercalifragilisticexpialidocious.") The show runs through Aug. 29.

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