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click to enlarge Nick Cosgrove and Kathy Voytko

Nick Cosgrove and Kathy Voytko

Liz Lauren

When: Wednesdays-Sundays. Continues through Aug. 13 2017
Price: $52-$57
Some things work in Marriott’s revival of the 2014 musical adaptation of Robert James Waller’s 1992 best-selling romance novel, about an affair between an unfulfilled wife and a rootless National Geographic photographer. The casting, performances, and staging are strong—Kathy Voytko is outstanding as the heroine, and Jeffrey D. Kmiec’s set design is brilliant. But the story, adapted by Marsha Norman from Waller’s novel, takes way too long to unfold, then feels rushed at the end as Norman and songwriter Jason Robert Brown try to squeeze a couple decades of the characters' lives into about 20 minutes of stage time. Likewise, Brown’s score, though intelligent and accomplished (it won multiple Tony awards in 2014), is oddly cold and unmemorable. —Jack Helbig

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