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The premise of Theresa Rebeck’s “Bad Dates,” which is being webcast by New Jersey’s George Street Playhouse, is all but infallible. It’s a one-act monologue delivered by Haley Walker (played by Andréa Burns ), a charmingly ditsy, compulsively talkative restaurant manager and single mother of a certain age who owns 600 pairs of shoes, has been on far too many disastrous dates to count, but decides to try again after a long stretch on the shelf. The lights go up on a fluffy bedroom piled high with shoeboxes—Haley is in the middle of a frenzied search for the right pair to wear on the date on which she will be going at evening’s end—and the action, such as it is, consists of Haley’s telling us the labyrinthine story of her life, which includes a climactic skirmish with the Romanian Mafia and the New York Police Department. While that may sound slight in the telling, “Bad Dates” never fails to give great pleasure in the hands of an appealing actor and a solid production team, and Ms. Burns and her George Street colleagues are all that and much, much more….
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