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Mame Closing (Theater and Galleries) Member Picks Recommended The Short List (Theater)

When: Wednesdays-Sundays. Continues through Dec. 21 2008

It's easy to dismiss Jerry Herman's 1966 musical version of Jerome Lawrence and Robert E. Lee's stage play, based on the comic novel by Patrick Dennis. Packed with showstoppers and plenty of opportunities for old-school song and dance, the show seems like nothing more than a lightweight crowd-pleaser. But put a fine actor like Barbara Robertson in the lead role--a performer capable of revealing the deeper layers of her character even as she blows the roof off with her singing--and it becomes possible to see the power hidden behind Herman's talent to amuse. Robertson doesn't do it alone. Director William Osetek has cast the show with talented character actors and triple threats. Equally important, music director Ben Johnson never sullies Herman's spritely, energetic tunes with synthesizer or other cost-saving, sound-diminishing innovations. [Note: Robertson has left the production and been replaced by Kat Taylor.] --Jack Helbig

Price: $28-$33

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