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When: Thursdays-Sundays. Continues through Oct. 29 2017

William Finn is better known for his other, more popular musicals (Falsettos, 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee), but there's urgency, poignancy, and relentless honesty in this autobiographical 1998 piece, written with longtime collaborator James Lapine, about his 1992 diagnosis of an arteriovenous malformation in his brain and his subsequent surgery and recovery. The power of this riveting piece is only amplified in Theo Ubique’s intimate cabaret space at the No Exit Cafe, and director Fred Anzevino has packed his ensemble with energetic, near virtuosic performers—Chase Heinemann is especially winning as the fictionalized Finn (here Schwinn), though it's newcomer Tyler Franklin, still only a junior at Columbia College, who steals the show. —Jack Helbig

Price: $29-$54, $25-$50 students and seniors

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