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Emotional Monogamy


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Emotional Monogamy, Bailiwick Repertory. Dan Kagan's Emotional Monogamy, making its world premiere in Bailiwick's Pride Series, demonstrates that the venerable bedroom farce can now feature gay and straight would-be philanderers and still emerge sweet and wholesome enough to play the dinner-theater circuit. Gay couple Craig and Mitchell hope that an extramarital fling or two will spice up a relationship grown a trifle stale after seven years. Enter Mitchell's parents, who confess to having tried a similar plan years before, aided by a "swinger" magazine, with great success. But did they really? And if they didn't, does that mean they must do so now or be guilty of deception? Who cares, as long as everybody ends up happy for having tested the limits of their subversiveness?

Under David Zak's capable direction, the four actors--Dane Groves, Cory Krebsbach, Mary Zentmyer, and Gary Saipe--create characters as three-dimensional as the genre requires, though having them also play their respective paramours makes for some confusion. They also take care to keep Kagan's clever dialogue from dominating the screwball mechanics that comprise the foundation of this pleasant, if lightweight, comedy.

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