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The Sensitive Swashbuckler and Other Dating Myths 

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Back at Stage Left fresh from its college tour, The Sensitive Swashbuckler and Other Dating Myths is not your typical late-night improv show. Sure, it's funny and encourages audience participation--but there's also an educational component. Conceived by Christian Murphy and Gail Stern, this high-energy hour-long revue explores gender stereotypes, sexual innuendo, miscommunication between the sexes, and date rape. Two actors (Murphy and Stern on opening night, but Gwendolyn Druyor will play the woman's role during most of the run) improvise audience-dictated "choose your own adventure" dating scenarios. The show is otherwise heavily scripted, but it's still fun and interesting and delivers a clear, important message. Stern and Murphy play well off each other, providing completely different perspectives on situations, often squabbling the way a couple would, and throwing themselves wholeheartedly into even the silliest roles. Performing on the Chagrin Falls set puts the actors so far downstage that it's difficult to see them when they're seated, but otherwise this show has only gotten tighter and more dynamic. Stage Left Theatre, 3408 N. Sheffield, 773-883-8830. Through November 3: Fridays-Saturdays, 11 PM. $12.

Art accompanying story in printed newspaper (not available in this archive): photo/Michael Gold.

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