Reality TV: The Musical

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<em>Nobody Loves You</em> at the Second Stage Theatre.

Reality television is lampooned a lot  — and loved a little bit, too — in a new musical now running at Second Stage Theatre. Written by the playwright Itamar Moses and the composer and lyricist Gaby Alter, Nobody Loves You follows a philosophy student’s televised pursuit of his girlfriend on a reality show that looks a lot like "The Bachelor." Other contestants, a telegenically smarmy host, and even a Twitter-addicted fan, all make appearances.

New York Times theater critic Charles Isherwood tells us how successful Nobody Loves You is at parodying a genre that sometimes looks like a parody itself.