The show, like its subjects, works best when it’s carried away. After one of the kids gets busted at school, the anthemic “Totally Fucked” briefly turns the stage into a dance party; the sheer exuberance expressed in movement and song makes it one of my favorite numbers of the year. If Disney can make the soundtrack to its TV movie High School Musical into a smash, this ought to run for years.
The House in Town
By Richard Greenberg. Mitzi E. Newhouse Theater. Through July 30.
Music by Duncan Sheik. Book and Lyrics by Steven Sater. Atlantic Theater Company. Through August 5.