Just Say Love | Performing Arts Review | Chicago Reader

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Set in 1990s Boston, David Mauriello's play charts the developing relationship between sensitive gay artist Guy and macho Doug, an apparently straight construction worker. The pair's initial contact is an anonymous quickie--Doug allows Guy to do him but refuses to reciprocate. But over a period of several months the men begin to affect each other in unexpected ways, as ideals of platonic love collide with primal sexual instincts. Todd Aiello and Nathan Cann are appealing as Guy and Doug. But the production, part of Bailiwick's Pride 2007 series, strains credibility as the story builds toward a contrived twist ending, and Michael Gillett's poorly paced staging fails to establish an emotional arc. --Albert Williams a Through 8/26: Sat 8 PM, Sun 2 PM, Bailiwick Repertory, Bailiwick Arts Center, 1229 W. Belmont, 773-883-1090, $25.

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