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Some Enchanted Evening: The Songs of Rodgers and Hammerstein The Short List (Theater) Closing (Theater and Galleries)

When: Thursdays-Sundays. Continues through April 30 2011

An amiable, competent cast of six perform no less than 36 songs by Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II, the Broadway team responsible for such classic musicals as Oklahoma, Carousel, and South Pacific. What could be bad? Well, nothing exactly. But nothing's all that interesting or compelling here, either. There's a backstage conceit, for instance, but it doesn't do much other than offer us a chance to watch the three female ensemble members walk around in slips and dressing gowns for a while. The singing is good but not often vivid, the set is well-wrought but puzzling in its white-marble grandiosity, the lighting lacks focus, the choreography is merely nice, and the thematic ordering of songs creates long passages of emotional monotony. Even the wild abundance of tunes backfires: rather than display virtuosity, they begin to disclose the composers' tics. Everything's present in this Theo Ubique Cabaret Theatre show, but none of it arrives. --Tony Adler

Price: $15-$30


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