Unfortunately, affection won't be much of a commodity for Mitch if he chooses to live in Diane's world, a business that prizes lustrous but ultimately conventional surfaces. It's a point Beane's dark script rather jarringly drives home: While Hollywood -- and, perhaps, popular culture itself -- might indulge nuance galore in the ingredients of starlets' salads, it doesn't do many special orders on love.
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THE LITTLE DOG LAUGHED | by Douglas Carter Beane | Directed by Brian P. Allen | Produced by the Good Theater, at the St. Lawrence Arts and Community Center, in Portland | through October 11 | 207.885.5883
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