This is not a particularly original story. We've heard it before - a nerd wants to become popular and by some means accomplishes it, leaving their nerd friends behind, only to realize that being popular isn't all it's cut out to be, finally learning to appreciate the life and friends they had before, with a newfound confidence. In Be More Chill, that person is Jeremy, and the means to popularity is a computer the size of a pill (called a SQUIP) which, when swallowed, provides a sort of assistant in your head who analyzes all data and situations and tells you the proper way to act (I don't know about you, but I could use one of those!). It works for Jeremy, and he's soon befriending the cool kids, dating a popular girl, and going to parties. But in doing so he ignores BFF Michael, and isn't getting any closer to the girl he really loves, theater nerd Christine. The SQUIPs soon take over the entire high school population, until Michael teams up with Jeremy's depressed dad to save him and the school. Again, besides the SQUIP part, it's not very original, but it's told with such charm and heart in a way that really seems to speak to the audiences, that it's impossible to resist the pull.
|nerd BFFs Jeremy (Maxwell Ward) and|
Micahel (Jim Belden, photo by Scott Pakudaitis)
|Jeremy (Maxwell Ward) loves Christine|
(Caitlin Fatherstone, photo by Scott Pakudaitis)
|the cast of Be More Chill (photo by Scott Pakudaitis)|
Be More Chill is a whole lot of fun, for young people and grown-ups alike. It's a fresh and modern retelling of an age-old story, that despite the current references is relatable to anyone who has ever been a teenager in any decade. Head to Illusion Theater this weekend, bring your favorite teenager or just go yourself. Click here for more info and tickets.