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Stage Review

‘The Libertine’ is must-see debauchery

Seeing “The Libertine” is like visiting a decadent secret society that the titular Earl of Rochester might have enjoyed. And not just because of the big musical number devoted to a common sexual aid.

Audiences are sent down a side corridor to the stage of the Wimberly Theatre and seated in the wings. The curtain stands closed and the stage is mostly bare, making the space a de facto black box. There are only 60 seats, and on Thursday they were barely half full.

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