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When: Fridays-Sundays. Continues through June 7 2015

Based on Cyrano de Bergerac, this romantic comedy by Michael Golamco takes a refreshing look at Asian-American issues around race, relationships, and assimilation, all rarely addressed onstage. Cary Shoda and Jin Kim bring depth and subtlety to Travis and Chester, the only Asian-Americans in small-town Wyoming. Both fall head over heels when Veronica, the town’s first Asian-American woman (played by Aja Wiltshire) moves into town, only to have their hopes dashed by her preference for white men. Rather than give up entirely, Travis, an English teacher, agrees to write her love letters from his cowboy friend Del (played by Chris Lysy). While the Cyrano ruse is timeless, this A-Squared production could be more interesting and realistic adapted for a higher-tech device. There's the requisite happy ending, but the characterization is so thin we're not all that invested in it. —Marissa Oberlander

Price: $25

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