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Re: “True Romance: "Bad Dates" opens at Theatre Memphis

A fine play delivered by a wonderful actor, Memphis's diva Kim Justis. Two hours of comedy about failed dates: including a lay Buddhist who studies insects (known to our protagonist Haley as the "bug guy"), a mean law professor, and a dream date who turns out to be living with his girlfriend. We male members of the audience are thinking, "oh no, not another male bash!"

Have heart. What at first appears to be today's clich├ęd use of misanthropy to get laughs turns into something of a lesson in Zen. The mood of the play is deeply humanistic, which gives the audience hope for something better. Especially we fans of Justis, who, let's face it, is one of Memphis's finest assets.

Sure enough, playwright Theresa Rebeck delivers a fine ending that, in Haley's eyes, redeems the men in her life--at least "Bug Guy," perhaps all--and leaves the audience standing on their feet and cheering.

Posted by riverhound on 05/03/2009 at 7:28 AM


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