Based on a novel by Ned Vizzini, Be More Chill centers on Jeremy, an ostracized high school junior clinging to the lowest rungs of the social ladder. Desperate to elevate his status and impress the girl of his dreams, Jeremy ingests a pill called “super quantum unit intel processor,” better known as SQUIP, which promptly latches onto his brain for behavior modification. Unfortunately, SQUIP logic runs contrary to Jeremy’s conscience, resulting in a play that works as an imaginative Faustian comedy for the 21st century. Youthful exuberance and irreverent wit are amplified by the raucous score from Joe Iconis and bolstered even further with an energetic book by Joe Tracz. This highly anticipated local premiere has Sara Pillatzki-Warzeha directing a talented young cast headlined by Maxwell Emmett Ward, last seen in Minneapolis Musical Theatre’s adaptation of High Fidelity.