LA TIMES: The low-key musical 'Becks' is messy but authentic and compelling

Though the low-key musical "Becks" packs a lot into its first four minutes — including a cross-country move, a breakup and a drive halfway back across the States — it spends the rest of its time leisurely exploring the titular character's return to her hometown of St. Louis. It's all set to an appealing soundtrack of gentle folksy pop, sung by Tony winner Lena Hall, who also stars.

Homecoming is a standard indie trope, but "Becks" remixes the formula with engaging results. After she ends things with her girlfriend (Hayley Kiyoko) after driving to L.A., Becks (Hall) is stuck in the middle between a life she left behind in New York and what she thought she'd have in California.

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