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Young and wild

There's a certain brand of waywardness that applies only to the very young and the very privileged. That period of melancholy and weird ambivalence that follows high school and precedes (or even prevents) the full onset of adulthood serves as the emotional setting for Kenneth Logran's play "This Is Our Youth."

That show, which centers on a pair of young men lost in a sort of post-adolescent limbo in Manhattan, opened Thursday night in a new production in the Manny Fried Playhouse, where it continues through Aug. 27. It's the Buffalo debut of a company that calls itself Postindustrial Productions -- a Rust Belt-inspired name if there ever was one -- and of fledgling director Bob Van Valin. He has transposed the play's action from its original setting in 1982 to 2004.

The show, which has a decidedly edgy appeal and is not recommended for theatergoers under the age of 13, follows the exploits of two friends whose boredom and dissatisfaction drives them at least temporarily into a world of crime and drugs. It stars Michael Renna, Jeffry Burke and Maura Nolan.

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-- Colin Dabkowski

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