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'Girlfriend' visits the sweet, tender and perilous summer love of two young men

'Girlfriend' visits the sweet, tender and perilous summer love of two young men

It's hard to imagine "Girlfriend," the sweet, tender and innocent musical inspired by Matthew Sweet's 1991 alternative rock album of the same title, being set in our plugged in, hyper-distracted era when mystery has been severely dented by Google and nearly every fetish has its own app. This two-character musical, which opened Sunday at the Kirk Douglas Theatre, takes place in Alliance, Neb., in the comparatively more naïve time of 1993. Featuring a book by Todd Almond, the show unfolds in the summer between high school graduation and the daunting prospect of adulthood for two young men who don't on the surface have much in common yet are...

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