Balagan's Closer is faithful to the script in the sense that it is easy to grasp and consume. It offers no real challenges, difficulties, or profundities, but explores the surface of life in London at the end of the 20th century in the way a lover explores the flesh of a beautiful and aroused woman. What we see in the four characters—Larry the doctor, Alice the stripper, Dan the writer, Anna the photographer—is our decade in its infancy. There is nothing new about cheating on your partner; there is, however, something very new about starting a relationship with someone you meet on the internet. Closer is just the right play for a first date. (Balagan Theatre, 1117 E Pike St, 800-838-3006. 8 pm, $20. Through April 4.)

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