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click to enlarge David Dritsas, Brittny Congleton, Laureen Siciliano, Max Hinders, and Jenna Steege

David Dritsas, Brittny Congleton, Laureen Siciliano, Max Hinders, and Jenna Steege

Evan Hanover

Tapped: A Treasonous Musical Comedy 

When: Thursdays-Sundays. Continues through July 3 2016
Price: $35
This Forth Story production of Jed Levine and Brad Kemp's new musical comedy is awfully bad but also kind of endearing. The bad touches pretty much everything. Levine's book, in which dweebish do-gooder Steve and lonely NSA analyst Mary fall in love while attempting an Edward Snowden-esque takedown of domestic spying? Doesn't make sense even on its own terms. Kemp's music is dull; Holly Gombita's choreography annoyingly peculiar; the band needs loads of work; and the lyrics, though clever at times, tend to state the obvious. Worst of all, something—maybe the maddeningly drawn-out scene changes in Molly Todd Madison's staging—stretched the running time to three hours on opening night. There's some sweet relief, though, in the charm and spirit of the cast—particularly Laureen Siciliano as Mary. She may actually be talented. —Tony Adler

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