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Oh Holy Allen Ginsberg, Oh Holy Shit Sweet Jesus, Tantric Buddha, Dharma Road!

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Nicholas A. Patricca's comedy, reworked from a version staged by Bailiwick in 1993, centers around a gay, HIV-positive Catholic priest trying to hold onto his financially strapped parish and his sexually frustrated boyfriend, a Jewish professor. Patricca resists playing his protagonist's unusual situation for laughs, trying instead to keep the story grounded in the real world. But if that's his intention, he should confront more fully the harrowing fear and anguish that must surely accompany life as a gay priest--now more than ever given the recent push to ban even celibate gay men from the clergy. Here the church is merely a pesky obstacle to true love. Through 4/30: Thu 8 PM, Sat 6 PM, Sun 3 PM, Bailiwick Repertory, Bailiwick Arts Center, 1229 W. Belmont, 773-883-1090, $25.

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