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It's hard to believe, but South Pacific was the Rent of its day, chock full of social commentary and catchy songs. Even if you're not up to thinking about the complications of love, war and racism, it's still worth the price of a ticket to go hear songs like "I'm in Love With a Wonderful Guy" and "Some Enchanted Evening." Now you've got the chance: The Lincoln Center production of the show is coming to town. The show has been running for more than a year to rave reviews. It's a grittier version that deals with the issues presented in the story, instead of just glancing off of them and going for jokes. Also, have I mentioned "Some Enchanted Evening"? Famed opera singer Ezio Pinza, the original Emile de Becque, had it written in his contract that he would only have to sing for 15 minutes of the show. Those 15 minutes are put to good use, and you might find yourself looking at whoever's playing the character with the same kind of longing a good opera singer can wring out of a song like this. The show is playing at the AT&T Performing Arts Center, 2100 Ross Drive, through January 3. Tickets are $50 to $85. Call 214-880-0202 or visit attpac.org for tickets and showtimes.
Tuesdays-Saturdays, 8 p.m.; Saturdays, Sundays, 2 p.m.; Sundays, 7:30 p.m.; Wednesdays, 2 p.m.; Thu., Dec. 31, 2 & 7:30 p.m. Starts: Dec. 15. Continues through Jan. 3, 2009

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