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‘We Will Rock You’? Oh no you won’t

The cast of “We Will Rock You,” a production based on the music of the rock band Queen.
The cast of “We Will Rock You,” a production based on the music of the rock band Queen.Credit: Paul Kolnik/Queen Productions Ltd.

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When you’re sitting through the inane “We Will Rock You’’ at the Boston Opera House – not that I recommend you do -- the show’s title can start to take on the menacing aura of a threat.

As in: We will bombard you. We will pummel you. We will obliterate subtlety, true originality, and narrative coherence. We will trowel on sounds and sights in the fervent hope you will mistake this garish shriekfest for entertainment.

So “We Will Rock You’’ relentlessly assaults the ear and the eye, though I’d say the brain gets much the worst of it. This is musical theater at its most dumbed-down, formulaic, and calculating. It’s essentially a video game performed by flesh-and-blood actors.

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