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Wrong For Each Other, Brittany Productions, at Victory Gardens Theater. Canadian playwright Norm Foster's connect-the-dots romantic comedy is the sort of lightweight fare that used to pass for heady entertainment when an evening of theater meant a trip down Golf Road to catch B-grade Hollywood talent at the Mill Run in Same Time, Next Year or Chapter Two. The newly formed Brittany Productions promises "to create professional high-quality productions that will entice a new audience to support live theatre," but unless they mean the crowd who stopped going to plays when the Drury Lane closed at Water Tower, it's tough to know what new audience they have in mind.

As Norah and Rudy, the titular mismatched pair, Susan Hart and Stef Tovar add a touch of professionalism to Foster's flashback treatment of an unremarkable couple's ten-year journey from gooey infatuation to sullen separation. But they can't sustain interest in Foster's rote sitcom patter or terminally cute plotting. Foster, whose works are widely performed north of the border, seems to be striving for a more digestible version of Ibsen's A Doll's House and Pinter's Betrayal by blending them with an episode of Mad About You, but dumbing down familiar material is hardly the recipe for successful theater. A competent and sporadically amusing exercise, Wrong for Each Other nevertheless has negligible ambitions perhaps best described by Norah's oft-stated philosophy: "Expect the worst and you'll never be surprised." --Adam Langer

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