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Dakota Hughes, Jake Morrissy, Ellen Fred, and Alex Ghattas

Dakota Hughes, Jake Morrissy, Ellen Fred, and Alex Ghattas

William Frederking

When: Fridays-Sundays. Continues through Feb. 21 2016
Price: $25, $15 students and seniors
Jeff Bowen and Hunter Bell’s 2014 metamusical about a couple of guys writing the very show the audience is watching comes off as wild and witty—the first time you see it. But it doesn’t seem to hold up to repeated viewings. At least, I can’t think of any other way to explain my lukewarm reaction to Ashton Byrum's wonderfully paced production for Open Door Rep. His four-member cast is energetic and personable; Alexander Ghattas and Jake Morrissy in particular have great comedy-team chemistry as the fictional versions of Bowen and Bell. Still, every joke that had me roaring last August, when I caught a different production, had me merely nodding and smiling faintly this time around. Once the gimmick wears off, you see there's no there there, just two clever narcissists who find themselves endlessly fascinating. —Jack Helbig

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