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    Pillage Plays

    On his website, titled "The (Re)making Project," Charles Mee offers up the full texts of his plays, free of charge, to anyone who might stumble upon them. He invites readers to use the plays as a resource for their own work. "Cut them up, rearrange them, rewrite them, throw ...

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    THE PERVERSE TONGUE

    Bible quotes can be produced to justify almost anything, except maybe poorly written plays laden with ill-equipped actors. George Larkin's play doesn't hew to any theatrical commandments. It makes very little sense, argues with itself repeatedly, lacks any rhythm or melody, and, for a play that takes place ...

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    BEACH RADIO

    Presented by and at CAP21, 15 W. 28 St., NYC, Nov. 6-23.

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    TWO PIANOS, FOUR HANDS

    "Hell is full of musical amateurs," wrote George Bernard Shaw, quoted in this show's program. I may discover this to be true, being one myself, and yet I have to anticipate that we will be joined in our infernal circle of suffering by another aspiring and somewhat more talkative ...

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    THE TRIUMPH OF LOVE

    It starts and ends with a whimper, but the middle of this Marivaux classic is filled with delights. The production opens with three figures cloaked in gray, reading in isolation and walking geometrical paths off the stage. It's intriguing. But right away this gloomy motif is ruptured by two ...

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    LOVE STRUCK

    It opens with a bravura flourish. Sirens blare, searchlights probe the darkened stage to illuminate scantily clad lovers in a steamy embrace—same-sex lovers, feminine persuasion. Is this soft-core porn? Well, no. It's 1992 L.A.; race riots account for sirens and searchlights and have little to do with ...

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    LOOKING FOR LOUIE

    Digging up one's roots can be a traumatic experience. There's often that stubborn taproot that won't release its hold on hidden history but nevertheless shapes the development of new growth. Stacie Chaiken, in her solo show, attempts to deal with the ornery root that has dominated her ...

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    My Life in the Trenches

    Presented by The Third Annual Midtown International Theatre Festival at Raw Space, 529 W. 42 St., NYC, July 12-Aug. 1.