"AMERICAN IDIOT," the Broadway smash conjured from Green Day's 2004 punk-pop concept album of the same name, is definitely not for those uncomfortable with deviations from the traditional musical-theater blueprint.
There's the amped-up score rendered faithfully by a five-piece onstage rock band. And "Idiot" boasts only a few spoken lines, while the songs are more about attitude than exposition. There is a story to be gleaned here, but it fights for the spotlight with an overriding nihilistic viewpoint.
The main characters in "Idiot," making its local debut through Sunday at the Merriam Theater, are angry, rudderless suburban teens circa the mid-2000s. We know this from the series of (mostly) appropriately angry reactions to their circumstances, which don't improve once they get to the big, wicked city.