The Fantasticks Coming to Arena Stage

The Fantasticks is a fanciful take on the traditional boy-meets-girl story.

Sebastian La Cause, Timothy Ware, and Addi McDaniel in The Fantasticks at Arena Stage, November 20- January 10. (Photo by Scott Suchman)

, , and in The Fantasticks at Arena Stage, November 20- January 10. (Photo by Scott Suchman)

The Fantasticks is a fanciful take on the traditional boy-meets-girl story. After their fathers forbid their love and build a wall to separate the two, Matt and Luisa are led by El Gallo from the wistfulness of “when life was slow and oh so mellow” to the reality that “without a hurt the heart is hollow.”

Popular songs, such as “Try to Remember” and “Soon It’s Gonna Rain,” fill the score. Loosely based on the play The Romancers (Les Romanesques) by , the story is centered around youthful love and learning to face the realities the world presents.

“The Fantasticks is profoundly about how to be human,” Dehnert said. “The show comes from a place of innocence. It teaches us how to live with both the happiness and the hurt that life can introduce, while at the same time it dares us to face both and find our way in the world.”

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