Wrap Your Heart Around It Reveals Acceptance

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LynnMarie Rink and her band in Paul Miller’s production of “Wrap Your Heart Around It” at the Falcon Theatre.

Wrap Your Heart Around It creatively wraps itself around the dramatic issues of addiction, co-dependence, and birth defects, emotionally bringing LynnMarie Rink’s life story to the stage. Entertaining and inspiring, it shows how forgiveness and acceptance allow her to fully enjoy each second of life.

Rink, a renowned Nashville musician, documents her life through exciting musical vignettes that show her facing and overcoming tough life situations, such as growing up in an alcoholic household, parenting a special-needs child, and facing the grind of being a professional musician.

Writer/performer Rink lays bare her turmoil-filled life through acting and song, with several of the tunes placing in context her daily struggles to survive. Beginning with infectious accordion music, Rink gradually moves into darker music and moments. Rink’s impressive performance also reveals a dramatic actress underneath the ebullient onstage performer. Her expressive face quickly morphs between happy animation, sorrow, doubt, and joy.

Director Michael Kearns brings an intimate, introspective feel to the moments when Rink faces offstage situations, while also revealing someone always on the go. His use of energetic concert performances captures the joyful mask behind which the hurting Rink hid her sorrows.

Staging is first-rate, from Luke Mayer’s cozy, warmly lit lighting of multiple home table lamps, to Jeff McLaughlin’s elegant concert staging and dressing room sets. Paul Carrol Binkley’s music direction allows the band to shine.

LynnMarie Rink powerfully reveals how she just keeps smiling through life’s challenges in the encouraging and entertaining Wrap Your Heart Around It.

The Falcon Theatre presents Wrap Your Heart Around It Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m., and Sundays at 7:30 p.m. through Aug. 11 at the Falcon Theatre located at 4252 Riverside Dr. in Burbank. Tickets cost $35-$38, with $27 student tickets available.

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