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click to enlarge Grayson Powell and Jillian Louis

Grayson Powell and Jillian Louis

John Halbach

When: Tuesdays-Sundays. Continues through Oct. 23 2016
Price: $32-$69
If you're in the audience, you're likely already a fan of the long-running NBC sitcom. But even if you're there for mere nostalgia’s sake, the standout cast may still thrill you: Paul Vogt as Norm and Sarah Sirota as Carla are especially evocative of the lovable George Wendt and Rhea Perlman, and it’s a treat to see Barry Pearl as Coach. Erik Forrest Jackson’s adaptation is smartly focused, limited to the first season and following the inception and development of Sam and Diane’s romance. As played by Grayson Powell and Jillian Louis, the pair effectively recall originals Ted Danson and Shelley Long while transcending their influence; I especially adored Powell as the romantic lead. It’s a wise tribute and extension of James Burrows’s original comic gathering: a ditzy coach, a retired ballplayer, a know-it-all mailman, and a Kierkegaard-quoting blond barmaid who declares what we feel—that the quotidian life of the humble tavern can be a “potent microcosm” of the world at large. —Suzanne Scanlon
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