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click to enlarge Michael Monroe Goodman and Mark Roberts

Michael Monroe Goodman and Mark Roberts

Brandon Dahlquist

When: Wednesdays-Sundays. Continues through May 20 2016
Price: $45
This wild and crazy comedy is set inside a Nashville hotel room on the eve of famous country singer Justin’s (Michael Monroe Goodman) wedding. You may know playwright Mark Roberts from his work as a TV writer and showrunner (Two and a Half Men, Mike & Molly). But he’s also an actor and onetime stand-up, and it’s Roberts himself who appears as Justin’s drunk and disorderly uncle Jim. Uncle Jim is a world-weary rascal with a shaggy foot-long beard and a rather apathetic-looking blow-up doll tucked under his elbow. You don’t need to love country music (much less new country, which Jim hates) to love him, or to love this play. Roberts leads a fantastic ensemble, including the heartbreaking Sarah Lemp as Sharon, an ill-used woman from Jim’s past who wants revenge, and Chicago veteran Frank Nall as Paul, his manager.—Max Maller



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