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When: Thursdays-Sundays. Continues through Jan. 10 2016

Finnish playwright Okko Leo’s 2013 comedy typifies Akvavit Theatre’s offerings over the past five years: droll, unmoored, unendingly peculiar. Five-piece rockers the Everlast had one hit 20 years ago. Now they play one wedding a month. Self-absorbed lead singer Jase makes one final, preposterous stab at success: he’s asked pop star Simone Butterfly, sister to one of his bandmates, to stop by the wedding in hopes she’ll join the band. Leo coyly sets the play in the band’s nondescript dressing room, a cruddy limbo where long-repressed dreams and longer-repressed resentments hold dominion. Director Brad Akin finds ample humor and pathos as the band bumbles toward rejuvenation, but when the play devolves into an unaccountable hostage situation, internal logic evaporates—along with most of the comedy. —Justin Hayford

Price: $20, $15 students and seniors

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