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click to enlarge Jonathan Stombres and Meredith Kochan

Jonathan Stombres and Meredith Kochan

Adam Veness

When: Thursdays-Sundays. Continues through Nov. 6 2016
Nobody pulls off vocal harmonies quite like Theo Ubique. Partly, that's because few other companies utilize cozy spaces like the No Exit Cafe with as much blocking and acoustic aptitude. In this revival of a 2015 off-Broadway "darkly comic rock fable" by Will Connolly, Michael Mitnick, and Kim Rosenstock, director Fred Anzevino and music director Jeremy Ramey achieve many of the surround-sound, spine-tingly moments the ensemble is known for. Whether or not the indie-pop show—set during the 1965 New York blackout—has legs of its own is a different question. A guitar-strumming dreamer, played by James Romney, finds himself in a love triangle with an actress and her sister, Meredith Kochan and Kyrie Anderson, respectively. The central problem is an uneasy schlockiness to the score that just doesn't jibe with themes intended to be weighty.
—Dan Jakes

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