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Connections of the Heart 

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Connections of the Heart is good, clean fun in Lesboland. Paula Berg's musical takes a witty insider's look at the current preoccupations and obsessions in the lesbian community. It's thick with cultural references, but you don't always have to be queer to get them, and the story--a romantic comedy about four gals grappling with their attraction for each other--is universal in its appeal. Bailiwick Repertory's production for its annual Pride Performance Series is a brisker, more polished version than the one seen last year at Mountain Moving Coffeehouse. The music, now played by a four-piece band, rocks, and Michele Van Note, who plays Jean, the hapless waitress still longing for her ex-lover (who moved away to Montana with a telephone lineswoman), is a find--she has a rich, vibrant voice and a wicked smile. If there's any complaint here, it's that the rest of this cast is much more generic-looking and -sounding than the Mountain Moving cast. To watch the play in true lesbian fashion, try to guess who's queer and who's not in the cast. For answers, ask the band members--they're the ones with the "Dyke" T-shirts. Bailiwick Repertory, through June 6 (Theatre Building, 1225 W. Belmont, 327-5252). Thursdays and Saturdays, 7:30 PM; Sundays, 3:30 PM. $15; $55 for tickets to six of the series' ten productions; $80 for tickets to all ten.

Art accompanying story in printed newspaper (not available in this archive): photo/Roger Lewin--Jennifer Girard Studio.

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