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John Jennings

When: Wednesdays-Sundays. Continues through July 10 2016
Price: $25
The story surrounding Vladimir Zaytsev's drama is more interesting than the thing itself. Staged in Moscow last year, Zaytsev's by-the-numbers sexual coming-of-age story was a head-on challenge to Vladimir Putin's repressive 2013 antigay "propaganda" law. Alexander Gelman and Organic Theater Company present it in repertory with Neil Simon's Chekhov tribute, The Good Doctor, but free of dialect and detached from its cultural context, it loses its punch. There's a lot of truth and compassion in Will Burdin's performance as a teenager navigating the complications of gay life (girlfriend "beards," zealot grandparents, shallow hookups), but the script is such an overlong and dramaturgically clumsy affair that the most devastating moments become the most tedious. —Dan Jakes

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