Theater: Growing Pains

LOOSE ENDS by Michael Weller

An affinity with childhood — irrepressible, irresponsible, zany, sulky —brings out the best and the worst in Play wright Weller. His previous drama, Moonchildren, was a balloon flight through the gravityless '60s. In Loose Ends, now at Washington, D.C.'s Arena Stage, the characters are grounded in the '70s and undergo growing pains without discernibly growing up.

The plot is Simon-simple. Paul (Kev in Kline) falls in love with Susan (Roxanne Hart). He is a disenchanted graduate of the Peace Corps and she is distancing herself from Denver, Colo....

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