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click to enlarge Deanna Myers and La Shawn Banks

Deanna Myers and La Shawn Banks

Liz Lauren

When: Tuesdays-Sundays. Continues through April 2 2017
Price: $35-$80
Theresa Rebeck's prerecession dark comedy follows a truly miserable bunch: Charlie is a fortysomething nonacting actor who lives off his wife's income; Stella is a show runner who hates her fat studio audience; Clea is a home-wrecking social climber; Lewis wants sex no matter the consequences. Kimberly Senior's head-scratching, weirdly austere production overshoots its satirical aim and lands into territory that's flat-out misanthropic. Its treatment of the young socialite at the center, in particular, feels like the sort of grotesque caricature favored by Million Dollar Extreme, not Writers Theatre. At every high-rise industry party, there will always be a sloppy drunk on a balcony pontificating about the wretched state of everything and the slightly better if still wretched days of yore. Senior's production makes little case for why we should hang around to listen. —Dan Jakes

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