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When: Thursdays-Sundays. Continues through May 1 2016

As a venue for Jonathan Larson's landmark musical, the Theo Ubique storefront has its problems. Seated in bleachers at one end of a long, narrow stage, right next to the (very sharp) band, I found it hard to hear whenever performers just halfway across the room turned their faces from me. This is that rare instance where miking in a small space would be beneficial. Then there's the problem of a secondary performance area located behind those bleachers. On the other hand, the intimacy of the place seems appropriate for a show about Reagan-era opt-outs making art and love in a gentrifying, AIDs-devastated lower Manhattan: Overcrowding is part of la vie boheme. The cast is strong, with that just-graduated feel. And the material? All it took was the first few chords of "Seasons of Love" to make the woman one seat away from me break down crying. —Tony Adler

Price: $34-$44

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