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When: Fridays-Sundays. Continues through Nov. 15 2015

Introduced as a “very personal story” for playwright John N. Frank, this 2nd Act Players’ production about divorced men has a worthy goal of helping people cope with and conquer one of the most devastating of life events. But in execution, it proves too fixated on scheming, cheating wives to offer a well-rounded perspective. The titular boys in the basement are men, all going through different phases of divorce, who live in the same apartment building and meet regularly to have a beer and extol the virtues of Hugh Hefner. While each is given moments to express inner anguish and vulnerability, the acting isn’t strong enough to carry and the blame remains frustratingly placed on unseen spouses. —Marissa Oberlander

Price: $20

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