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The Age of Cynicism, or Karaoke Night at the Hog

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THE AGE OF CYNICISM, OR KARAOKE NIGHT AT THE HOG | Keith Huff breaks the fourth wall before it's even erected in his latest play, a droll--if insubstantial--audience-participation romantic comedy set at a trendy karaoke bar. Host Patrick Brennan greets patrons at the box office to encourage participation in the evening's festivities; a few later get coaxed out of their seats to show their chops in front of a microphone. Director Ann Filmer sets a relaxed pace with the "he said, she said" vignettes framing the karaoke performances. Huff's characters occasionally lapse into stiff platitudes, but there's no question the play is tailor-made for the talents of its four performers. Christopher Cordon--channeling Niles Crane as an anal-retentive sissy--brings the house down during a shirtless rendition of Prince's "Kiss," an extended goof so perfectly executed that everything afterward feels like a letdown.

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