First Date | Royal George Theatre Center | Theater & Performance | Chicago Reader
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When: Thursdays-Sundays. Continues through March 29 2015
Price: $15-$59
This has all the earmarks of a standard-issue date-night show: upbeat material, likable tunes, unchallenging themes, contemporary stock characters (the repressed guy, the high-maintenance girl, her gay BFF). Nothing here to scare guys who hate musicals (and call intermission "halftime") or the women who date them. But remarkably, Austin Winsberg (book) and Alan Zachary and Michael Weiner (music and lyrics) have created an entertaining, emotionally satisfying show that never panders or condescends. Nor does J.R. Rose’s strong, well-paced production, packed with performers (notably Dana Parker and Charlie Lubeck) who know how to get their laughs without neglecting the emotional depths in this rich material. —Jack Helbig

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