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When: May 15-19, Thursdays-Sundays and Fridays-Sundays. Continues through July 15 2012

You don't have to give a fig about America's pastime (I certainly don't) to enjoy this spirited stage version of the 1956 novel by Mark Harris, about a baseball team that bears a striking resemblance to the New York Yankees. All the familiar male bonding tropes are here, from pissing matches to the sweet moments when one guy watches another guy's back, and Michael Menendian's fine ensemble executes them with enough heart and verve to make them seem new. It doesn't hurt that Harris's original story is so strong, or that Eric Simonson's 1992 stage adaptation is so graceful. But what really sells the show is the cast: these actors work together like a band of champions on a roll. —Jack Helbig

Price: $20-$40

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