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Here The Short List (Theater) Closing (Theater and Galleries)

When: Fridays. Continues through June 19 2015

In this two-person musical improv show, performers Tara DeFrancisco and Rance Rizzutto invent an opening number based on an audience suggestion, then use that as a springboard for a handful of semirelated scenes, each of which culminates in an improvised duet. DeFrancisco is the bolder and brassier of the two, playing ditzes, bros, and new-age types with equal aplomb; the more patient and workmanlike Rizzutto undertakes the tasks of setting her up and making it all cohere. The show isn't pee-your-pants funny, but the duo has an easy and engaging platonic chemistry, and unlike many other musical improvisers I've seen, they can carry a tune and rhyme on the fly. The highly hummable melodies are supplied by piano accompanist Dave Asher. —Zac Thompson

Price: $14

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