Stomping Grounds

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The Darkness PlayStation Xbox 360 Publisher: 2K Games
Platform: PlayStation 3, Xbox 360
Price: $59.99
ESRB Rating: M (for Mature)
Score: 6 (out of 10)
Some kids want to be rock stars when they grow up. Some want to be football players. Elec Simon wanted to join the cast of Stomp, the performance extravaganza that features music, dancing, and stick-wielding folks turning everyday objects into percussion instruments. Simon’s wish came true: He’s part of the touring show that plays Akron this weekend. “Ever since Stomp opened, I’ve wanted to do it,” he says. A back injury nearly sidelined Simon – a University of Akron grad – a few years ago. But he recovered, and now he’s pounding brooms, trashcans, and bananas onstage every night with dozens of like-minded castmates. “God blessed me,” he says. “Because I’m doing what I dreamed of doing.”
Fri., Feb. 2, 8 p.m.; Sat., Feb. 3, 5 & 9 p.m.
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