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When: Tuesdays-Sundays. Continues through May 16 2010

Gray weather can't dim the sparkle of Roderick Cook's tribute to the music and musings of Noel Coward, presented in an intimate staging by Jim Corti. The Books on Vernon back room has been transformed by Kevin Depinet into a simulacrum of a 1930s nightclub, with photos of Coward on three sides and a mirror on the fourth--appropriate for a man whose best work negotiates the divide between inner turmoil and outer sophistication. Under Doug Peck's impeccable musical direction, Kate Fry, John Sanders, and Rob Lindley deliver martini-dry takes on Coward classics such as "Why Do the Wrong People Travel?" and find the wistful, self-revelatory heart of "I Travel Alone." Droll but not twee, this show is a delight from start to finish. --Kerry Reid

Price: $40-$60


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