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John Loves Mary 

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A WWII soldier's engagement is complicated by his decision to marry his best friend's lover to give her U.S. citizenship. Like the movies for which Norman Krasna is better known--he wrote White Christmas--his well-structured 1947 farce is still funny and has considerable nostalgic appeal. Unfortunately, most of the wit is buried here under awkward, ill-timed performances. As John, Jason Rude is movie-star gorgeous, but he and Joanna Peot as Mary fail to deliver any real romantic zip: their kisses and tumbles look clumsily choreographed. The few natural responses come mainly from John Waldron as Mary's senator father and Thomas Quigley as a sycophantic general. This troupe might be better off lip-synching to the 1949 Ronald Reagan/Patricia Neal film. Through 10/9: Fri-Sat 8 PM, Sun 3 PM. Attic Playhouse, 410 Sheridan, Highwood, 847-433-2660. $18-$20.

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