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Allie LeFevere

The Untold, Untrue Love Story of Bill and Hillary Clinton 

When: Wednesdays. Continues through June 29 2016
Price: $12
Late in this fanciful hour-long history of the Clintons’ early-1970s romance, the ever-striving Hillary voices her long-range plan: she’ll be the Democratic nominee for president in 2008, because by then “feminism will be normal.” It’s a moment that epitomizes the missed potential in Grace Perry’s and Lyndsay Rush’s script. Only occasionally does it meaningfully exploit the social-revolution-is-nigh exuberance that saturated the left-leaning worldview four decades ago. Instead, most of the time it dallies in familiar Clinton hyperbole: she’s a privileged, ambitious ice queen, he’s a sax-playing, fast-food-eating, womanizing Arkansas doofus. It makes for some easy if only rarely innovative fun, somewhat diminished by director Sarah Ashley’s intermittently hesitant staging, as when law student Bill holds a combative press conference announcing himself as candidate for Hillary’s new boyfriend. —Justin Hayford



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