'Sweet Charity'

Tiffany Topol has about everything you could possibly ask from a Charity. She's a terrific dancer, a huge personality and, most crucial of all, she has just the right note of guileless vulnerability. Charity Hope Valentine, the central character of the 1966 Broadway musical "Sweet Charity" is a tricky gal. Topol has most everything, in fact, except the voice to really nail a knockout Cy Coleman score that includes such barnstormers as "If My Friends Could See Me Now" and "I'm a Brass Band." Director Michael Halberstam's intimate conceit has some blips but mostly works well, especially since it is combined with a hip, "Mad Men"-like style. Through March 31 at Writers Theatre, 325 Tudor Court, Glencoe; $35-$75 at 847-242-6000 or writerstheatre.org
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