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Cats Recommended The Short List (Theater) Closing (Theater and Galleries)

When: Thursdays-Sundays. Continues through Feb. 20 2011

Except for a pointless framing device--a young girl finds T.S. Eliot's Old Possum's Book of Practical Cats and turns into a cat herself--Brenda Didier's staging sheds the bombast for a, well, domesticated approach to Andrew Lloyd Webber's much-loved, much-mocked musical furball. That has its pitfalls, but if the postage-stamp stage reveals that not all 13 cast members are equal to their choral duties, its intimacy also, for instance, keeps Sydney Charles's stark rendition of "Memory" from being the calculated tearjerker it normally is. Those who love Cats are likely to find this production transcendent; the Cats haters may consider it tolerable. --Kerry Reid

Price: $20-$35, New Year's Eve package $100

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