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just a tad 1991. but the parody of an archetypal love story and various incidental set-pieces (especially the full-scale. two-man opera) are timeless theatrical comedy. with an obviously buoyant cast carrying the whole thing off with relish. Finally. hope for some technical detail going wrong. as some of the ad-libs on a less-than-perfect opening night were priceless.

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