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LA Theater Review

Girl Band in the Men's Room

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An unnamed four-girl grunge band in December 1994 is lurking by the urinals, squabbling about their future. Three want to sign a record contract—one so fervently she may have slept with the record executive—while the fourth, the songwriter, argues that fame proved fatal for Kurt Cobain just eight months ago. "He was a drug addict!" groans the bassist. Like director Michael Kortlander, playwright Robert A. Ford is a dude. But he's plugged into the grrrl power psyche, even arguing that the slinky French-Canadian singer might have boned their potential boss because…she wanted to. Yet the play feels like the first draft of a first act. On MTV, girl grunge's pop-culture moment is strumming its last chords, and self-crowned queen Courtney Love is only two years from getting a nose job and a Golden Globe nomination.

Artworks Theatre & Studios, 6569 Santa Monica Blvd., Hollywood. Fri., June 24, .6:30 p.m.; Sat., June 25, 9:30 p.m.

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