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Day: January 12, 2018

Laurie Menser was a 7- or 8-year-old in Rockville, Md., when she wandered over to a neighbor’s house one day, slipped a glass eye in her mouth and got the attention of the grown-ups in the room. She smacked the back of her head, stuck out her tongue and waited for laughs. “They were appalled,” she said. “They were like, ‘You need to go home right now and tell your dad what you did.’ ” The neighbors didn’t know that it was Menser’s father who’d picked up the fake eye at a yard sale and taught his daughter the gag....

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Star City Playhouse, which makes a specialty of high-quality mainstream plays from years past, fittingly wraps its first Vinton season with a revival of S.N. Behrman’s “The Second Man.” It makes for a longish but thought-provoking and sharply funny night of community theater. The show dates from the late 1920s. It featured Alfred Lunt and Lynn Fontanne in the initial Broadway run and Noel Coward in the later London production. Star City’s cast boasts no such luminaries but can be proud of its offering. The near-capacity audience on the night of this review was justly and enthusiastically appreciative. “The...

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