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It's no Paul Rudd, but....

Posted by Courtney Hollands  August 31, 2007 12:37 PM

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Paul Rudd originally played the lead, Adam Sorenson, in Neil LaBute's play (and later movie) "The Shape of Things." While the cheeky hunk was nowhere to be found in the South End last night, the Spontaneous Theater Project's rendition of the LaBute melodrama about art and love was hilarious, heart wrenching, and absolutely convincing.

The show was staged in the Bernard Toale gallery, and the small space increased the already visceral, awkward intensity of the four-actor play. Short synopsis: Dorky Adam meets art student Evelyn, who gradually transforms Adam, physically and emotionally. Adam's friends Phillip and Jenny are understandably freaked out. Heartbreak ensues.

I won't spoil it. You have two more opportunities to catch this excellent show: tonight and tomorrow night. And might I recommend a stop at the buzzing new bistro, The Gaslight, for negronis and croque monsieurs before? It's right down the street from the Bernard Toale, and the ambiance is worth the wait.

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