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click to enlarge Andrew Cutler and Elise Spoerlein in Broken Nose's A Phase

Andrew Cutler and Elise Spoerlein in Broken Nose's A Phase

Austin Oie

When: Thursdays-Sundays. Continues through March 26 2016
Price: Pay what you can
As the title suggests, Elise Spoerlein's 75-minute play isn't a huge deal. Just a collection of scenes about a young woman going through a difficult moment—a phase—in her life. Twentysomething Sam (played by Spoerlein) went steady with Connor for five years, starting in college. It was deep. Then he left her. Now Sam is renting a studio apartment in Lakeview, trying to get over it. Her chosen method is promiscuity. (Well, that and voodoo, thanks to an offstage aunt.) We see her with furniture-maker Jeff, old pal Zack, Reader (!) colleague Emilio, and Gabe from the health club. There's no real forward motion to any of this; the phase simply continues until Sam creeps herself out and moves on. But Spenser Davis's direction for Broken Nose Theatre is clever and efficient, and so are the performances. And the dialogue is buoyant enough that it's not terribly annoying when scenes between Sam and her mom get too talky. —Tony Adler



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