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click to enlarge Brian Grey, Amy Rubenstein, Joe Zarrow, and Tania Richard

Brian Grey, Amy Rubenstein, Joe Zarrow, and Tania Richard

Michael Brosilow

When: Wednesdays-Sundays. Continues through Aug. 28 2016
Price: $25-$55
Four college buddies simultaneously endure near middle-age crises in Melissa James Gibson's dramedy about life during the diaper-bag years. After a dinner party for a widow turns sour, a desperate act of infidelity forces the group to examine what friendship in adulthood really means and where along the way their idealistic life plans went askew. Gibson gives a lot of grown-up concepts (waning marital sex drives, post-30s bachelorhood, adultery) the Neil Simon treatment via a lot of light zingers. Even in Windy City Playhouse's well-acted production, though, director Carl Menninger's cast has trouble working its way up to the climactic, hard-to-justify images that the show hinges upon. Even more curious is a hot, cartoony Frenchman who seems to have walked on from a different play entirely. —Dan Jakes

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