In a genre known for being big and brassy, it's always a pleasure to come across a musical that revels in its quiet moments.

In a genre known for being big and brassy, it's always a pleasure to come across a musical that revels in its quiet moments. That's why The Spitfire Grill, an off-Broadway show about a young woman whose spirit helps revive a dying town, is like a breath of fresh country air. You won't hear trumpets blaring—composer James Valcq (working here with lyricist Fred Alley) produces a rich sound with little more than a mandolin, accordion, violin, and cello. The entire cast is strong, especially the luminous Liz Callaway. One of Broadway's best belters, she exhibits remarkable control in "When Hope Goes." This elegy to a once-vibrant community is extremely powerful, even though her voice rarely rises above a whisper. For more info, visit playwrightshorizons.org.—MS

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