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Slim Just Left Town

Wax Lips Theatre Company, at Cafe Voltaire

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Slim just left town, Wax Lips Theatre Company, at Cafe Voltaire. In its first production as Wax Lips Theatre, this troupe pulls off an entertaining, sincere, and at times touching production of company member John Corwin's Slim Just Left Town. Broken into connected vignettes, the play explores the often uncomfortable dating rituals of middle-class recent college graduates--and yes, many of them are slackers who can't seem to find the motivation to get out of dead-end coffeehouse jobs. What is most poignant about them--the women in particular--is that they're struggling not just to find a girl/boyfriend but to come to terms with their own values and identities. Especially refreshing is a serious portrait of a young woman who chooses to abstain from sex until she finds a partner she loves and respects.

Although overall the play is engaging, its episodic nature limits its depth. Just as a scene heats up, the lights come down and the play shifts to another story line. Some of the most interesting subplots, such as one woman's choice to go through with her pregnancy without her pot-smoking boyfriend, are shown only in brief scenes at long intervals. Eventually Slim Just Left Town seems a live television show with scenes interrupted as if for commercial breaks.

--Gabrielle S. Kaplan

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