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FRINGE REVIEW: On Second Thought

It is a rare performer who can successfully use “Like, what is that?” as a punchline. Paul Hutcheson has such an effortless rapport with his audience that I had difficulty processing the production’s overarching theme of self-acceptance. This guy just seems so comfortable in his own skin, and, handsome and lanky, he has the right. He makes some witty observations about growing up gay in the 1980s, but the play covers more than just sexuality. His life stories are tightly written and expertly performed, and he is willing to compromise his own dignity to create that moment of awesome, shocking theatre magic. But Hutcheson will just as swiftly ad-lib, do stand-up or give his audience a mea culpa chuckle when a joke lands a little off-base. His total geniality lets us forgive him for trying to tie some more loosely related stories together a bit too neatly at the end. 

Four out of five stars.

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