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L.A. stage review: ‘Girlfriend’

Ryder Bach and Curt Hansen in 'Girlfriend' (Photo: Craig Schwartz)

Ryder Bach and Curt Hansen in ‘Girlfriend’ (Photo: Craig Schwartz)

Matthew Sweet wrote one of the great alt-rock albums, and one of the best breakup song cycles, in 1991’s now-classic Girlfriend. Now the LP has become the basis for an unlikely jukebox musical playing through Aug. 9 at L.A.’s Kirk Douglas Theatre. Playwright Todd Almond has kept the timeframe (early ’90s) and the setting (Sweet’s native Nebraska), but reconceived the material to work around a bittersweet and poignant love story between two seemingly mismatched teenage boys just out of high school. It’s a curious production in many ways, but a satisfying one. See my full review on TheWrap.com

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