Another Evening of Awkward Romance

Critics' pick
Photograph: Mickey Kerr

Perky, quirky and easily crushed on, this 80-minute bunch of comedy sketches by Wendy Herlich addresses the age-old question: How the hell does anyone fall in love? Or stay in love? Her mismatched—or amusingly grating—couples include a pair of obsessive-compulsive proofreaders; two whiny, joyless teens; amateur choristers with humongous egos; a chronically ill woman and her creeped-out pharmacist; and a smug slacker on a pity date with a cancer survivor. Herlich takes on the (mostly neurotic) female roles, and spunky Aaron Phillips plays a range of blustery dudes and unctuous heels. Not all the vignettes hew to standard skit formula—which allows Herlich to show off her considerable writing chops. One inspired and surprisingly touching sequence tells the story of a marriage, divorce and possible rapprochement through the tropes and barking of two auctioneers. Video shorts between scenes add glue to director Ruthie Levy’s upbeat and smooth staging. And while the adorable Herlich and Phillips zestfully enact a range of cringe-inducing scenarios involving bad sex, relationship dysfunction and emotional masochism, you have to admit: These two have terrific chemistry.—David Cote

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