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Tina Naponelli, Carl Herzog, Teressa LaGamba, and Neil Stratman

Tina Naponelli, Carl Herzog, Teressa LaGamba, and Neil Stratman

Michael Brosilow

When: Thursdays-Sundays. Continues through July 28 2016
Price: $38
Laurence Mark Wythe’s 2011 musical is based on an intriguing premise: follow two couples through the 12 hours leading up to a marriage and a divorce. The parallel structure gives Wythe lots of room to contrast the lives of his characters, two at the start of their careers, two facing midlife crises. But the setup also straitjackets him—Wythe packs lots of life-changing events into that short time span (an unplanned pregnancy, a career reversal, a missing child), and after a while it all feels contrived. Not even strong performances from an inspired four-member ensemble led by Tina Naponelli and Carl Herzog can mask Wythe’s sometimes tiresome lyrics or his lapses into cliche; John D. Glover’s staging for Kokandy Productions is nevertheless energetic and well paced. —Jack Helbig



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