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TO JUNE 20
If you’re looking for an antidote to Megalomaniac Mel’s homophobic Braveheart, you could do a lot worse than Norman Allen’s breezily inconsequential new coming-out comedy. The plot centers on confused actor Scott Carney (Maxwell Zener), who’s about to make his off-off-B’way debut as Peter Pan in a version of the kiddie classic that portrays Capt. Hook as a pedophile and boasts a first-ever Pan/Hook sex scene. Though Scott had hoped to do this show relatively anonymously, his mother (Marcia Gardner) is on her way to lend moral support; his girlfriend (Amy Larion) has flown in from Boston in her nightie; and his boyfriend (Andrew Rapoport) will soon drop by to retrieve the key to the handcuffs he can’t get off his wrist. Allen’s dialogue is clever almost to a fault and his situation fraught with diverting comic peril. If the evening feels a bit thin, it’s amusing enough to fill the 65 minutes the author’s lickety-split staging allows. Monday and Tuesday at 8 p.m., Saturday at 11 p.m., Sunday at 7 p.m. at Signature Theater, 3806 S. Four Mile Run Dr., Arlington. $12. (703) 820-9771. (Bob Mondello)