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When: Wednesdays-Sundays. Continues through May 6 2017

Any production of Kander and Ebb’s 1966 Broadway hit would benefit from losing half its score (most of the nonfamous songs stop the action dead while belaboring the obvious), but No Stakes Theater Project’s scrappy staging would do well to ax them all. The collective efforts of director Erin Shea Brady, choreographer Mollyanne Nunn, musical directors Emilie Modaff and Erick Rivera, and a loose four-piece band never successfully put a song across or bring the seedy Kit Kat Klub credibly to the stage. Fortunately, the cast skillfully plumb most of the depths of Joe Masteroff’s well-crafted book, making the story of doomed romance—and doomed progressive sexual politics—in the Weimar Republic’s final days disarmingly poignant. In the thankless central role of struggling novelist Cliff Bradshaw, Cory Hardin captivates. —Justin Hayford

Price: $26.50, $16.50 students and industry night


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