"THE LONGING AND THE SHORT OF IT": Through Saturday , Theatre at Arts Garage, 180 NE First St., Delray Beach. Tickets: $30-$45. Info: 561-450-6357. "An impressive showcase of the jazzy music and playful lyrics of emerging songwriter Daniel Mate in 23 songs of contemporary yearning. The songs would be more effective if shaped into more than a song cycle, but there is no denying Mate's talent." -- Hap Erstein
"FINGERS AND TOES": Through Saturday , Plaza Theatre, 262 S. Ocean Blvd., Manalapan. Tickets: $45. Info: 561-588-1820. "A new book musical compactly written for three performers trying to create a new book musical under a stringent deadline. Choreographer David Wanstreet has devised some thrilling tap production numbers, danced sublimely by Rick Faugno and Nili Bassman." -- Hap Erstein
"THEY'RE PLAYING OUR SONG": Through Saturday , Boca Raton Theatre Guild, 300 S. Military Trail, Boca Raton. Tickets: $35. Info: (561) 347-3948. "A two-character musical about the odd couple relationship between composer Marvin Hamlisch and lyricist Carole Bayer Sager, who supply the songs. The joke-driven show is minor, but Oscar Cheda and Margot Moreland make it a pleasant way to spend an evening. -- Hap Erstein
"THE 'D' WORD, A MUSICAL": Through Dec. 8. Kravis Center Rinker Playhouse, 701 Okeechobee Blvd., West Palm Beach. Tickets: $39 - $64. Info: (561) 832-7469. "The follow-up show from Jeanie Linders, who conceived and wrote the mega-successful girls-night-out celebration of the change-of-life, "Menopause, the Musical." Four women go through the stages of "ditched, dumped, divorced and dating," singing pop songs of empowerment in a way that is slightly less cheesy than "Menopause." -- Hap Erstein
"WHITE CHRISTMAS": Through Dec. 25, Wick Theatre, 7901 N. Federal Hwy., Boca Raton. Tickets: $58. Info: (561) 995-2333. "Although it has lots of tuneful Irving Berlin songs, including some from other sources, the stage version of the 1954 Bing Crosby-Danny Kaye movie is a rambling, sketchy adaptation. The Wick production has some good singers, but they lack charisma and the dances are disappointingly generic, so look elsewhere for help getting into the holiday spirit." -- Hap Erstein
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