This little-known cult show is considered, by the few that know of its existence, to be the prototype for the later smash hit Spring Awakening. Like that show, it deals with the agonies of adolescence and the tragedy of young life cut short, here embodied in the story of two gay teenagers, one of whom eventually commits suicide in despair. In presenting this raw, brutally honest look at the problems of teenagers, this show really did lay the groundwork for what Spring Awakening would do three seasons later. I have even heard this show’s partisans argue that this show could essentially have _been_ Spring Awakening if fortunes had been different, but I’m not entirely sure I agree with that. Remember that part of the reason Spring Awakening was such a smash hit was that it combined its incredibly dark drama with accessible pop-rock melody. Now, the Bare score is a fine one with many excellent items…the low-key, deeply touching “A Quiet Night At Home”, the powerfully honest duet “See Me”, the introspective soliloquy “Warning”, the gospel showstopper “God Don’t Make No Trash”, the biting musical scene “Absolution”, and the devastating finale, “No Voice”, which actually sounds like a requiem. But it lacks Spring Awakening’s wealth of pop-friendly melody, and without that, the material, fine as it is, is probably too heavy and inaccessible to create the kind of sensation its successor did. But this is nonetheless a strong and interesting show that deserves to be more than the obscure cult item it currently is, and I for one am rooting for it to finally find its audience.