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Antonio Brunetti

Amanda de la Guardia

When: Thursdays-Sundays. Continues through July 17 2016
Price: $15, $10 students
John Patrick Shanley’s absurdist one-act follows a familiar formula: A gaggle of misfits grapple with existential crises in a dimly lit dive bar. At the center is Denise, a thirtysomething loner with perhaps the thickest Bronx dialect in theater history. Alongside a couple of hotheaded acquaintances from her past, Denise tests the patience of an otherworldly bartender while musing aloud about romantic misadventures and the outside world quickly her passing by. Director Will Crouse's production for the Poor Theatre capitalizes on his cast's willingness to go broad, particularly Trap Door Theatre company member Antonio Brunetti as a macho goof. Beyond being fodder for a studio acting exercise, though, Shanley's script doesn't hold up as well as Crouse seems to think it does; this is well-trod, booze-soaked territory. —Dan Jakes



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