It may not have anything like the budget of Avenue Q and in truth doesn't manage the tightrope walk between its sentimental theme and a cutting comic irony as smoothly either but while uneven in both conception and execution, Insignificant Others nevertheless has some significant talent and inspiration behind it.
The story concerns a circle of five twentysomethings from Cleveland who relocate to San Francisco with hopes of embarking on lives of romance and adventure beyond the workaday world's cubicle walls. At the center of these tales of the city is a buxom young firecracker named Margaret (the strong and winning Sarah Kathleen Farrell) on the lookout for Mr. Right a designation given considerable latitude in a city with a scarce supply of heterosexual men, which becomes the excuse for three of the show's most crowd-pleasing and clever numbers.
Friendships drift, but a crisis draws the characters together again, though this central thread comes over as both weak and overblown, and its resolution too pat and syrupy. Insignificant Others' best parts remain the more comedic ones, wherein Kuo's generally polished lyrics and able if less consistently original music tend to reach their highest points.<\!s>*
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