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When: Fridays. Continues through Jan. 9 2015

Watching Jamie Jirak's new comedy, we learn what a big party pining away for love actually is. Her story of four inappropriate workplace romances exploits a formula of wanton flirtation perpetrated by off-kilter operators who wield nasty pickup lines and cracked dialogue. It adds up to a distinctly toxic and fun form of romantic comedy where the meet cute is a meet gross—we're conned into rooting for an imbecile with the emotional intelligence of a fart. All the same, the show jingles into our hearts with smart takes on classic tropes (the douche-bag pervert is a heart surgeon, the coldhearted woman an erotic novelist), and if good cringe exists, Jirak has the market cornered. There's apparently no apter metaphor for the human condition than the downward spiral of an office party. —Jena Cutie

Price: $15


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