Fringe Festival

'Bronies': When men love 'My Little Pony' too much

'Bronies': When men love 'My Little Pony' too much

Nothing in “Bronies: The Musical,” at the Third Street Theater, is as hard to credit as the existence of bronies: adult, primarily male fans of “My Little Pony.”

If bronies are real — and according to the Internet, they are — then our very standards of plausibility must be recalibrated, or jettisoned altogether. The resulting cognitive clarity is ideal for enjoying this unabashedly campy and sweet musical, which first made a splash at the 2014 Hollywood Fringe Festival and has been remounted under the deft direction of Richard Israel.

“Bronies” evokes “Hairspray” in its message of acceptance, but writers and lyricists...