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The Wedding Singer The Short List (Theater) Closing (Theater and Galleries)

When: Thursdays-Sundays. Continues through Nov. 16 2013

Tim Herlihy wrote the original C+ romantic comedy as a vehicle for Adam Sandler. Then he teamed up with writer Chad Beguelin and musician Matthew Sklar and they removed all the good parts (quirky storytelling, 1980s pop hits, Drew Barrymore), futzed unnecessarily with the plot, hammered home the money-can't-buy-happiness theme like no one had ever thought of it before, tossed in a few token gays, pretended the women's movement never happened, and injected a mediocre, plot-stalling musical number every four minutes. And poof: 95 minutes of lightweight Hollywood charm became two and a half hours of boring musical comedy. Haven Theatre's revival of this 2006 stinkbomb gives director Jess McLeod the opportunity to transform talented performers into impersonal cogs in a sluggish faux-retro machine. —Justin Hayford

Price: $20-$42

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