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As direct and universal as Our Town, Tom Jones and Harvey Schmidt's musical just needs the right voices behind the right faces to work. Fred Anzevino and Beverle Bloch's tenderly crafted revival for Theo Ubique Theatre Company tempers the first act's exploration of love's insanity with the second act's antiromantic reality checks. Derrick Trumbly is all nerdy neediness as the boy next door, Sarah Ann Giocomo as his much-tested soul mate reveals a stunning soprano in her splendid songs, and Jeremy Trager brings assurance and worldly wisdom to their great tempter, El Gallo. There are a few longueurs in the work's parody of thespian overkill, but overall a gorgeous score gets served hot. Just try to forget this "Try to Remember." Through 12/11: Fri-Sat 8 PM, Sun 7 PM. No Exit Cafe, 6970 N. Glenwood, 773-743-3355. $20-$22.

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