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Tonya and Nancy: The Rock Opera! The Short List (Theater) Image Closing (Theater and Galleries)

When: Wednesdays-Sundays. Continues through Dec. 30 2016

The kitschy premise behind Elizabeth Searle and Michael Teoli's new musical—relitigating Tonya Harding and Nancy Kerrigan's figure-skating fiasco at the trials for the 1994 Winter Olympics via musical theater—sounds like the inspiration for a piano-only 45-minute late-night Annoyance or Upright Citizens Brigade set. At its heart, that's what I suspect this Underscore Theatre Company production, directed and choreographed by Jon Martinez, more closely resembles, though this ensemble has the comedic and vocal chops to more than fill an hour and half on Theater Wit's full-size stage. Amanda Horvath and Courtney Mack radiate as the titular ice queens, and Veronica Garza steals the show a handful of times doing double duty as each's Shakespearean mothers. It's a fabulously weird and legitimately experimental musical presented in a time when they're too hard to come by. —Dan Jakes

Price: $17-$30

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