“It's not easy to say what this play is about. It's not that kind of play,” says writer-director Matt Chaffee in the program notes, and he's quite accurate in his assessment. What the play is about, he goes on to say, is “four friends figuring it out … or not figuring it out. … It's about entertainment … and fun … and people.” Correct again. At this point, it's tempting to let Mr. Chaffee write his own review, since he's not prone to self-aggrandizement. What he is, however, is an astute observer, a quality that's reflected in his principal characters — Nick (a sweet and earnest Dean Cates), Tommy (the delightfully dickish Mike Duff), Baby Boy (an engagingly eager Kip Garwood) and Jennifer (a spunky, expressive Lyndsey Lantz) — and their uninhibited conversations. The mere fact that the guys refer to Jennifer as “Re” (short for “retard”) gives you a sense of Chaffee's brand of “no-holds-barred” humor, which is raunchy and offensive but often quite hilarious. As director, Chaffee favors the 1930s style of overlapping patter; his lines fly like bullets out of his actors' mouths in rapid-fire staccato. All roles are double-cast, but it's safe to assume that no matter who's onstage, the show's direction and writing will leave audiences laughing. Arena Stage at Theatre of Arts, 1625 N. Las Palmas Ave., Hlywd.; Thurs.-Sat., 8 p.m.; thru July 28. (800) 595-4849, fluffybunnies.tix.com.

Thursdays-Saturdays, 8 p.m. Starts: June 7. Continues through July 28, 2012

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