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My Cousin's Wedding 

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Second City alums Maribeth Monroe and Kirk Hanley bring back their comic examination of wedding rituals, changing little besides the title (formerly Standing on Ceremony) and the running time (now a tight 75 minutes). While other shows in the wedding-angst genre--Tony and Tina's..., My Big Fat Greek...--focus on the wedding "stars" and their family issues, Hanley and Monroe play a couple merely invited to a cousin's ceremony, delving into the well-known but seldom mentioned phenomenon of guest anxiety. What is the right price for a wedding gift? Why did they put us at the loser table? These minitraumas catalyze explorations of their own romantic relationship. Following this one-weekend engagement, Second City Theatricals plans to tour the show in partnership with the Road Company, the New York agency behind such national tours as The Male Intellect: An Oxymoron and Sing-a-Long Sound of Music. Metropolis Performing Arts Centre, 111 Campbell, Arlington Heights, 847-577-2121. March 28-29: Friday, 8 PM; Saturday, 7 and 10 PM. $15.

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