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Troublemaker 

When: Fridays, 8 p.m., Sat., Jan. 5, 8 p.m., Sun., Jan. 6, 7 p.m., Tuesdays-Thursdays, 8 p.m., Saturdays, 2 & 8 p.m. and Sundays, 2 & 7 p.m. Continues through Feb. 3 2013
Price: $47-69

Dan LeFranc's zany and colorful comedy Troublemaker, or The Freakin Kick-A Adventures of Bradley Boatright is a live-action comic book that follows the extraordinary hyped-up hijinks of a twelve-year-old rebel, a superhero wannabe, whose powers exist only in his fantasy world. Bradley and his pals are a Scooby Doo-type gang of DIY justice avengers, and this dynamic production weaves in and out of his overactive imagination (think Calvin and Hobbs.) LeFranc's awkward tween heroes and richy-rich villains also recall the amateur exploits of Austin Powers and Dr. Evil. In building a kids-only universe, LeFranc constructs an original and preposterous lexicon of slang, kid-cussin' and dressing downs that is the juicy center of this sweet (and a little sentimental) paean to the super-cool kid-power of awesome invention. Through February 3 at Berkeley Repertory Theatre (2025 Addison St., Berkeley). $29-$77. 510-647-2949 or BerkeleyRep.org

— Erika Milvy

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