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CNY Playhouse revives classic high-school film on stage at Shoppingtown

— As Brian, the thinker, Polly shines in his soliloquy. His character wisely observes, “perfection is an illusion,” and so it is with this play. Although it has many great moments – comic and tragic alike – a few things definitely went awry on opening night.

Act 1 ended awkwardly when the house lights suddenly went up on one actor still exiting the stage, leaving the audience wondering whether to applaud.

Toward the end of Act 2, Claire and Bender unexpectedly connect with a kiss. Actors Panek and Glaski had failed, however, to hint at that growing attraction during their many vocal skirmishes throughout the play.

Then, when Claire gave Bender one of her diamond earrings – which he’d earlier scorned as a symbol of her high-class status – Glaski was unable to affix the jewelry to his own ear, and it fell forgotten to the stage. Perhaps prop-mistress Crystal Rowlands will do something to restore the earring’s crucial purpose to demonstrate a tactile bond between the two unlikely lovers.

As the show comes to a close, Dan Rowlands deftly creates a series of climactic snapshots that reinforce our faith in the future. These five kids refuse to be categorized, reject the concept of cliques and stand up strongly for their own individuality, however imperfect each may be.

“The Breakfast Club” continues at CNY Playhouse, near the Macy’s entrance at Shoppingtown Mall, at 8 p.m. Thursday, Friday and Saturday, June 27, 28 and 29. Tickets cost $15 Thursday and $20 on Friday and Saturday; 885-8960; cnyplayhouse.com.

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