When Theatre Latté Da premiered its stripped-down take on Puccini's opera in 2005, it not only sold out its entire run at the Loring Playhouse, but added nine additional performances (for which tickets went like the proverbial hotcakes, with syrup). The show's popularity was easy to understand: Director Peter Rothstein expertly cut the work down to a manageable two hours (with intermission), while sacrificing none of the work's emotional intensity. Similarly, the small orchestra managed to convey the beauty of the score in an intimate space (plus, you could take a date to it and they might not have suspected that you were really a total philistine). This revival places our young French romantics on the atmospheric Southern stage, and features a half-new cast and Joseph Schlefke's orchestration for Parisian street instruments. It's an uncomplicated, gorgeous delight.
Saturdays, 8 p.m.; Sundays, 2 p.m.; Thursdays, 7:30 p.m. Starts: Oct. 27. Continues through Nov. 18, 2007