The Most Damaging Wound 

Written by Blair Singer

Directed by Bryan Fonseca

Phoenix starts its 27th season with a winner. The title comes from Robert Bly's Iron John: A Book About Men. Like its inspiration, Wound is also about men. Specifically, it's about five college buddies who reunite years later for a ritual burning of a box of mementos. They swore to come together whenever one of them called. Now, Kenny, the one who called, seems to be the only one who hasn't outgrown the idea. The others must discover whether this "union of men" holds any meaning for them anymore. Funny and engrossing, the play is well-directed, well-acted and never drags. Bill Simmons and Karen Irwin are particularly riveting as Alan, a slick, egotistical salesman, and Christine, his mistress, who crashes the party. Doug Johnson's turn as Dickie the obnoxious drunk is energetic, hilarious and affecting. The cast is better than the dialogue. Singer's over-reliance on F-bombs is exhausting. Through Sept. 26;

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