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Kathleen Breen Combes and pianist Alex Foaksman in Robbins’ The Concert, Boston Ballet, May 2015. © Gene Schiavone.

The Concert delivers ageless humor in a circus of sweetly-wrought episodes. The Saul Steinberg set is a stage-wide comic picture of a theater and audience. The comedy rolls on with characters who may hug the piano, or chew a cigar and read a newspaper, or arrange and carry dancers like dolls.