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When: Thursdays-Sundays. Continues through Feb. 24 2013
Price: $27-$32
Terrence Rattigan's 1942 melodrama concerns a British stage actress, Patricia, who married sweet but callow RAF lieutenant Teddy on the rebound from her affair with aging matinee idol Pete. She's up from London, staying at a hotel near Teddy's base, when who should appear but Pete himself, on a mission to win her back. Rattigan's wartime love triangle has a lot in common with the one in Michael Curtiz's Casablanca (which also came out in 1942), right down to a variation on Humphrey Bogart's famously noble "hill of beans" speech. What it lacks in this Griffin Theatre revival is a reasonable variation on Bogart, Ingrid Bergman, and Paul Henreid. Robin Witt's staging is highly competent, but her principals--Darci Nalepa, Joey deBettencourt, and Paul Dunckel--are miscast in ways that make their romantic agonies less than believable. There are some don't-miss supporting performances, though--especially by Mary Poole as the much-put-upon hotelier and Gabe Franken and Vanessa Greenway as a Polish count and his lower-class English warbride. --Tony Adler



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