While I applaud Dartmouth Players for being willing to take a risk, I can't help but wonder how their play selection committee thought their latest choice would be received. David Mamet's Boston Marriage is a calculatingly shocking satire about two Victorian-era lesbians whose relationship is threatened by the introduction of a much younger woman. It's filled with crude speech that is juxtaposed hilariously with the mannered society in which the women live. The pace of the production lags at times, but overall it is well acted and lovely to look at. The real problem comes from the fact that the material was not well received by the predominantly blue-haired audience, meaning there was very little positive energy for the actors to feed off.
To Feb 12, Dartmouth Players Theatre, 33 Crichton Avenue, Wed-Sat 8pm, Sun 2pm, $15/12, 465-PLAY