Bradley Cole

Critics' pick
Photograph: Geoffrey Goldberg
Bradley Cole

Stories about twentysomethings in New York City—as they deal with love, friendship, entry-level jobs and, of course, their obsessions with social media—are nothing new. But the familiarity is forgivable in Jason Young and Bomi Lee’s musical, an 80-minute dose of pure, relatable enjoyment. Computer geek Ian (a sensational Remy Germinario) creates a fabulous online alter ego named Bradley Cole: a city scenester who lives in a castle and rubs elbows with Anderson Cooper. When Ian’s secret identity is threatened, and tension grows between him and his egotistical yet delightfully daft best friend, he goes into panic mode. Director-choreographer Geoffrey Goldberg draws fine work from his actor-singers (of whom L. Celeste Weathers stands out as a sassy TV chef); Nickey Frankel’s set design is stark yet efficient, and I’m still laughing at how perfect her costumes were. (Anyone who has ever been a nerd will appreciate Ian’s outfit choices.) You’ll leave the theater humming and tweeting “Listen to Me, Look at Me, Love Me,” amongst other tunes. Try to catch this charming show—or should that be #charming?—before it goes viral.—Amelia Bienstock

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