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When: Fridays. Continues through July 21 2017

The premise is cringeworthy: Brendan Duffy casts himself in his autobiographical one-man musical about his struggles with depression, anxiety, and self-loathing. But rather than an evening of self-indulgence and self-importance, Duffy delivers almost nonstop self-ridicule, portraying himself as a hapless, over-rationalizing fool who seeks out any reason, no matter how absurd, to subvert his own better judgment. He’s ably thwarted by his brain, an offstage female voice (the delightful Natalie Moretti) with a penchant for chipper downers (“You look like you have the first stages of lupus,” she chirps when he glances in the morning mirror). Duffy’s pop/doo-wop score is clean and tuneful, and his performance is candid, coy, and commanding. Director Jenn Noyes lets real darkness seep into this deceptively light show. —Justin Hayford

Price: $14

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