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When: Fridays, Saturdays. Continues through Feb. 13 2016

If the Reddit community crowdsourced dialogue for a play, it might sound something like the "friend-zone" and "Instagram-stalking" commentary in this sexless sex comedy by Olivia Bagan about a budding couple overanalyzing each other's text messages. After a single date, Philip and Emma retreat to their respective homes and hornball confidantes for a postgame breakdown. The lecture-style soliloquies (a cliche-filled guide to drink choices is presented without irony) and close readings that follow feel ripped out of the public domain—and from the flip-phone age, oddly enough. Otherwise charming young performers inexplicably snake through the house and use the audience as props, as if to make up for or distract from the lacking material. It doesn't. —Dan Jakes

Price: $10

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