Merrily We Roll Along Closing (Theater and Galleries) Member Picks Recommended The Short List (Theater)

When: Thursdays-Sundays. Continues through May 1 2011

Director-choreographer Jessica Redish does two amazing things with Stephen Sondheim and George Furth's famously flawed 1981 musical, adapted from a 1934 Kaufman & Hart play, about a trio of talented friends destroyed by success. She finds (a) the heart in Furth's heartless book and (b) the drama in a too-clever-by-half show that dampens its own dramatic power by telling its story backwards. Redish's secret: a strong, intelligent, pitch-perfect ensemble led by Jarrod Zimmerman, Alan Schmuckler, and Jessica Mueller. Furth's bitter, dryly witty book and Sondheim's soaring score usually undercut each other. Here, the two elements meld together into a satisfying whole. --Jack Helbig

Price: $30

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