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When: Tuesdays-Sundays. Continues through Jan. 22 2012

In her 1981 book America Dances, Agnes de Mille called Twyla Tharp's choreography "tiresomely neurotic" and worse, comparing some of Tharp's tropes to "animal jerkings after death." Funny. This musical—ingeniously contrived by Tharp around 25 Frank Sinatra recordings—looks like nothing so much as the work of a de Mille disciple. Like de Mille, who famously choreographed the dream sequence in Oklahoma!, Tharp here uses dance to tell stories featuring archetypal characters. There's the big lug, the cool blonde, the feisty runt, the awkward kids, and so on, combining and recombining at a Vegas-style bar until they get the romantic pairings right. With his voice tracks backed by a truly swinging live band, Sinatra sounds way better than any dead man should. And Tharp's intensely athletic numbers remind me, oddly enough, of a line from Moby-Dick: "Real strength never impairs beauty or harmony, but it often bestows it; and in everything imposingly beautiful, strength has much to do with the magic." —Tony Adler

Price: $32-$95

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