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Patrick Marber doesn't demonstrate professional maturing in Howard Katz (Cottesloe), a dreary examination of the male middle-age crisis. The title character, played well by Ron Cook, is an obnoxious actor's agent (imagine that) who gets sacked and goes into a high-speed tailspin that lands him sleeping on a park bench. Marber's age—mid thirties—cuts him some slack: He's undoubtedly too young to understand the issue. Apparently, if current productions are accurate, boys will be boys until they're not, but only some playwrights are able to grapple convincingly with the subject.

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James Hannaham on Neil LaBute's Bash.
Michael Feingold on Patrick Marber's Closer.
James Hannaham on Jonathan Harvey's Beautiful Thing.

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