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JUNE 26-28

Sixty area youngsters take the Metro ride of their lives—literally of their lives, as it happens—in the latest large-cast musical from City at Peace. The narrative hops from Metro stop to Metro stop, with each station serving as the setting for a new plot thread. (Could there be an ER-style TV pilot in here somewhere?) The stories are torn not from headlines, but from the kids’ own lives. The pacing is fast and furious. And the issues tackled—from eating disorders to dating pressures to classroom violence—are as timely as the singing and dancing are passionate. Past productions have showcased some genuinely riveting talent and enough enthusiasm to power a Saturn rocket. And this show, which has toured extensively since its premiere last November, is said to be as exuberant and upbeat as anything the company has yet done. Performances are at 8 p.m. at Arena Stage’s Fichandler Theater, 6th & Maine Ave. SW. $20. (202) 488-3300. (Bob Mondello)