'Day' Sensitive Look at Relationships

Don't let Eric Trules' rough-hewn face fool you. Trules has a sensitive side, as evidenced in "It's the Day After Valentine's Day," Trules' one-man show about romantic yearning and failed relationships.

The play takes place over the course of one year. Early on in the action, a commitment-phobic man (Trules) finally finds the woman of his dreams. But the course of true love . . . well, you get the picture.

Trules doesn't say much new about his subject, and his character sometimes seems derivative, an honors graduate from the Woody Allen school of urban neuroses. Yet Trules' inventive performance, in combination with Charles G. Davis' simple yet imaginative staging, ensure that this Cupid's dart of a show hits the mark more often than it misses.

* "It's the Day After Valentine's Day," Hudson Theatre, 6543 Santa Monica Blvd., Hollywood. Tuesdays-Wednesdays, 8 p.m. Ends April 13. $12. (213) 660-8587. Running time: 1 hour, 25 minutes.

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