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Honky Tonk Angels Recommended The Short List (Theater) Closing (Theater and Galleries)

When: Thursdays-Sundays. Continues through Jan. 29 2017

In performance style and attitude, the heroines of 20th-century American country music are about as theatrical as they come. Here, under the music direction of Jeremy Ramey, a trio of crystalline voices at Theo Ubique brilliantly capitalize on the live, unplugged, raucous energy of the western repertoire. Ted Swindley, author of the tribute show Always . . . . Patsy Cline, loosely ties together more than two dozen singles with some zero-sum plotting surrounding the formation of a girl group with characterizations and speeches that don't add much but are harmless. The real draw, of course, is the songs themselves, from transfixing renditions of the Tanya Tucker staple "Delta Dawn" and to a shiver-inducing surround-sound cover of Dolly Parton's original "I Will Always Love You." —Dan Jakes

Price: $34-$59, $29-$54 students and seniors

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