Seven Brides for Seven Brothers Closing (Theater and Galleries) Recommended The Short List (Theater)

When: Wednesdays-Sundays. Continues through Dec. 19 2010

This is one of those rare musicals with a book at least as fascinating as the score. Adapted for the stage from Stanley Donen's 1954 movie--which was based, in turn, on Stephen Vincent Benet's short story "The Sobbin' Women"--it tells the tale of a rough-hewn 19th-century Oregon frontiersman, his six equally unpolished but likable brothers, and their misguided attempt to win wives by kidnapping them from the local town. This potentially controversial material is handled with grace and humor, both on paper and in Bill Jenkins's strong, subtle production. It doesn't hurt that Jenkins packed his show with experienced talents (including the unsinkable Renee Matthews), a fresh-faced newcomer (Katie Huff), and a pair of leads (Steve Blanchard and Abby Mueller) who know how to command attention without going over the top. --Jack Helbig

Price: $31-$68

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