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When: Tuesdays-Sundays. Continues through Nov. 21 2010

Parfumerie, a 1937 play by Hungarian writer Miklos Laszlo, has been adapted approximately two bajillion times. Blame an irresistible premise: two shop clerks become anonymous pen pals and fall in love by mail despite the fact that they hate each other in real life. It's romantic comedy gold. This 1963 Broadway musical version isn't the best of the adaptations (that would be Ernst Lubitsch's 1940 film, The Shop around the Corner), but it's a gem nonetheless, thanks to Joe Masteroff's gently humorous book, Jerry Bock's elegant score, and Sheldon Harnick's witty lyrics. Michael Halberstam's Writers' Theatre production isn't very visually exciting, but it boasts uniformly fine performances, particularly from supporting players Heidi Kettenring as the shop tart, Kevin Gudahl as the shop nebbish, and Bernard Balbot as an ambitious delivery boy. --Zac Thompson

Price: $45-$70

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