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When: Wednesdays-Sundays. Continues through Feb. 22 2016

As shown in his previous plays The Homosexuals and Charm (staged by Northlight Theatre at Steppenwolf Garage last fall), Philip Dawkins has a knack for depicting contemporary LGBT life with warmth and wisecracks. His new comedy is set shortly before and after the Supreme Court’s 2014 decision legalizing marriage equality—a development met with ambivalence by the play’s protagonist, David, a gay thirtysomething librarian. He remains squeamish about state-sanctioned lifelong commitment even after falling for Benoit, a sweet and sexy flower vendor he first encounters during a trip to Montreal. Though it’s a fizzy tale, Dawkins displays a tender compassion for gays still carrying the scars of feeling unwelcome and inferior. The wit and likability of his script is matched by a talented cast in About Face Theatre’s staging. —Zac Thompson

Price: $35


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