Moth at Studio Theatre Wednesday, April 9

The problem with being a teenager is that no one takes you seriously. There’s a reason why, of course: While many adolescents experience heartbreak, betrayal, and love for the first time in a meaningful way, their inexperience means they also lack wisdom. Still, writers turn to teenage characters because their extreme emotion is rife for drama, especially when they’re in a new, surprising situation. Australian playwright Declan Greene continues in this tradition with Moth, a dark comedy about two high school losers who embark on a weird adventure. Sebastian, a dork obsessed with anime, sees a vision of St. Sebastian in a moth, who tells him the world’s about to end. He enlists the help of Claryssa, an “emo-Wiccan,” to stave off the apocalypse. This is odd, high-concept stuff, especially for theater, but Studio’s 2ndStage—home to many quirky past productions—promises the dialogue is in “pitch-perfect teen speak.” Expect terse abbreviations and melancholy moaning in this quixotic fight for the planet. The play runs April 9 to May 4 at Studio Theatre, 1501 14th St. NW. $30–$35. (202) 332-3300. studiotheatre.org.

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