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When: Wednesdays-Sundays. Continues through Jan. 9 2011

Directed by Gary Griffin, this revival of Meredith Willson's classic 1957 musical is nearly flawless. Not only are leads Bernie Yvon and Johanna Miller terrific, but every supporting character is perfectly cast--particularly John Reeger, who supplies a killing take on the town mayor. Griffin finds emotional depth in every twist and turn of the story, about a con man who gets entangled in the life and local politics of a tiny Iowa town. The result is that comic scenes are funnier, serious passages more powerful, and musical numbers are both more entertaining and more securely tied to the narrative. --Jack Helbig

Price: $40-$55