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Lucky 8, Dove Productions, at Breadline Theatre. Adam Joyce's "cartoon in one act" starts with the Wayne's World-ly premise of two best friends (played by Joyce and Gary Price) running a wee-hours radio show from the basement of a Lucky 8 motel somewhere in corn country. Although they're pretty sure no one's listening--even a pizza giveaway brings no callers--they rap and banter with all the intensity their pot-altered brains can muster. When they direct (or misdirect) their angst toward the motel manager, who screams at them for waking up the guests, they find themselves trapped in their basement studio with a big, mean man outside the door waiting to kick some ass and no communication link to anyone besides their (perhaps nonexistent) audience.

The MTV generation--or anyone who would list marijuana and sitcoms among their primary influences--will appreciate this Beastie Boy-ish rap laced with classic Gen X references. Remember these? "Mekka-lekka-hi, mekka-heinie-ho!" "You got peanut butter on my chocolate!" Those in tune with the new crop of Real World confession shows will identify with the boys as they contemplate their friendship, their futures, and an afterlife where people eat nothing but Popeye's Cajun mashed potatoes.

While the connection between these two actors is exceptionally tight, making them fascinating to watch most of the time, the last 20 minutes of "I love you, man" had me reaching for the remote. Fast-forward through that and you have a decent piece of late-night entertainment.

--Kim Wilson

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