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Something Blue, Thirsty Boots Productions, at Stage Left Theatre. Depending on your point of view, Joe Bardetti and Steven Simoncic's comedy celebrates either the joys of blind devotion or better living through cuckoldry. They're probably a bit too cynical to fully embrace the former; still, the evenhanded Something Blue, about a man's encounter with a stripper at his bachelor party, does suggest there's something more to marriage than the tyranny of the institution. At least the playwrights deserve credit for attempting something with a bit more emotional weight than the standard bedroom farce: they achieve some moments of surprising insight, rendering human ugliness and pettiness in painstaking detail.

Bardetti and Simoncic certainly know all about being in love with love. And judging by the play's resolution--which demonstrates why nice guys finish last but aren't necessarily the worse for it--they're probably closer in spirit to masochistic sad sack Rosure than to his buddy Mitch, the morally irresponsible prospective groom. What's missing is a deeper sense of the characters: the play is populated by stereotypes, overgrown man-children and domineering women, who don't generate much interest. The most fully formed characters are the groom's bickering parents--and they appear only as disembodied voices in a series of increasingly hilarious answering-machine messages.

--Nick Green

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