Polka star LynnMarie Rink describes herself as “the Susan Lucci of the Grammys” — after the soap star who often lost at the Daytime Emmys — in her solo show, Wrap Your Heart Around It. But Rink is nothing short of winning in this production, which mixes her music with her real-life story. Rink's life hasn't been easy, from struggling with her alcoholic father to raising a child with Down's syndrome, yet she effortlessly infuses her tale with heart and humor. Tragedy becomes triumph through Rink's charming stage presence, and her storytelling avoids the cliché, as it's rich with specificity and detail. Though polka isn't to everyone's taste — a fact Rink acknowledges and jokes about — her musical and emotional bravado trumps any difference in genre taste. Plus, it's not often you'll get to hear a polka version of The Proclaimers' ubiquitous late-'80s song “I'm Gonna Be (500 Miles).” Michael Kearns' direction and Paul Carrol Binkley's musical direction are good, but it's Rink who transforms the show into a true wonder.

Fridays, Saturdays, 8 p.m.; Sundays, 4 & 7:30 p.m. Starts: July 19. Continues through Aug. 11, 2013

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