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When: Thursdays-Sundays. Continues through July 31 2016

This amusing, intimate evening of songs by the British songwriting team of Anthony Newley and Leslie Bricusse, performed by five non-Equity triple threats, does a pretty good job of downplaying the weaknesses in these middlebrow pop tunes from the 60s and 70s (pretentious lyrics, mawkish sensibility) while showcasing the qualities that made them hits in the first place (memorable tunes, clever wordplay, sweet dollops of schmaltz). The best-performed numbers, like “Where Would You Be Without Me?" (from The Roar of the Greasepaint, the Smell of the Crowd) and “The Good Old Bad Old Days,” will send you to YouTube to see how Newley and others performed them originally. Codirectors Fred Anzevino and Courtney Crouse mute the show's sentimentality some by dressing the actors as if they were characters in a Beckett play. —Jack Helbig

Price: $29, $24 students and seniors

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