It is equally unwilling to resolve cleanly, always an admirable quality in a play about love. Here dark practicality holds up as least as well as idealism, and in fact they sometimes seem to blur around their edges. "Love," Max contends early on, "is a happy by-product of use." By the end of the play, there seems more than one way he could be right.

Megan Grumbling can be reached at mgrumbling@hotmail.com.

BECKY SHAW | by Gina Gionfriddo | Directed by James Herrera | Produced by Mad Horse Theatre Company | at Lucid Stage, through February 12 | 207.899.3993

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