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Last of the Boys 

When: Thursdays-Saturdays, 7:30 p.m. and Sundays, 2 p.m. Continues through May 29 2011
Phone: 235-1101
Price: $15-32
thirdrailrep.org
Set in a trailer park in the recent present, Steven Dietz's Last of the Boys is about two good friends, both Vietnam vets: Jeeter (Michael O'Connell) is a professor, and Ben (Damon Kupper) is a carpenter largely content to sit in the trailer park, drinking one MGD after another. With Third Rail's fine production, Last of the Boys nearly passes for a better script than it is. Both O'Connell and Kupper lend their characters more complexity than the script demands. And as Salyer's mother Lorraine, Valerie Stevens is tremendous, imbuing her hard-bitten character a weariness and self-acceptance. But, like many relics of the '60s, Last of the Boys is insufferably hung up on its own significance. If Dietz were actively trying to condemn the self-absorption of the baby boomers, he couldn't have done a better job. ALISON HALLETT

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