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When: Fridays-Sundays. Continues through Nov. 14 2010

This Griffin Theatre production finds unexpected depths in the landmark 1970 musical by Stephen Sondheim and George Furth, a collection of seriocomic sketches examining the way husbands and wives wound and support each other. With help from Lee Keenan's noir-esque lighting, director Jonathan Berry emphasizes the sense of urban alienation at the core of Furth's brittle script centered on Robert, a 35-year-old bachelor drawn into his married friends' troubled relationships. Led by Benjamin Sprunger as Robert, the cast bring insight to their characters' conflicting desires for independence and commitment. Sondheim's complex vocals generally come over well, although Allison Kane's band lacks the subtle dynamics the score demands. --Albert Williams

Price: $22-$32

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