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When: Mondays, Wednesdays-Sundays. Continues through Dec. 4 2016

The first act of Emily Zemba's play wants to be a farce with absurdist overtones, about a lovey-dovey young couple whose country-house getaway is wrecked when (a) they discover a dead deer in the living room, (b) relatives show up uninvited, and (c) nasty secrets come out. The second act turns into a sort of horror-movie version of A Midsummer Night's Dream as everybody takes to the woods. The two parts might coexist, and possibly entertain, despite Zemba's endless preoccupation with the fact that "deer" and "dear" sound alike. But not in Jesse Roth's staging for First Floor Theater. Failing to understand that even silly behavior should make internal sense, Roth tries to build comedy on free-floating wackiness. The result isn't laughs but puzzlement: Why are these people acting this way? —Tony Adler

Price: $20

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