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Review: An extraordinary 'Cloudlands' has world premiere

Review: An extraordinary 'Cloudlands' has world premiere

A girl almost dies from an "accidental" overdose of pills, forcing her appalled parents into the uncomfortable exercise of examining their own empty marriage. When the girl sees her mother with a strange man, obviously her lover, she sets out to learn who this interloper is, "stalking" the stranger and introducing herself to him under an assumed identity. But her hostility for her mother's paramour soon turns into fascination.

As a set-up, that's not half-bad. Initially, Octavio Solis' new musical "Cloudlands," now in its world premiere on South Coast Repertory's Julianne Argyros Stage, seems a straightforward drama about adolescent alienation, parental...