Audience: Allyson Lazar
“The Bully Problem” is absolutely delightful and engaging from start to finish. It’s also funny as all get out! Afterwards a group of us were all quoting our favorite lines at one another, still laughing until our faces and sides hurt. But what really makes this show a winner is the sense of hope and empowerment that it embodies. Protagonist Kevin’s journey becomes the audience’s journey, too, as we see how we can all rise up and “be our own [metaphorical] bodyguards.” In an era when school bullying can literally lead to death, and #itgetsbetter is a battle cry, “The Bully Problem” treats a genuinely serious social issue with compassion, humanity, joy, and a healthy dose of humor. The music and songs are catchy and utterably singable and the lyrics adeptly (and adroitly) capture the emotional urgency that imbues everything in junior high. “Offbalance” is particularly charming and sweet but awkward. “Coming Out of the Basement” is a rallying teen anthem. Appropriate for kids and kids-at-heart alike, this is a show that should not be missed!