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    CRITIC'S PICKS

    SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA - Acme Downey Jr., presented by the Acme Players at the Acme Comedy Theatre, 135 N. La Brea Ave., Hollywood. Sat. 8 p.m. Indefinitely. $15. (323) 525-0202.

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    THE SUBJECT WAS ROSES

    Frank D. Gilroy's The Subject Was Roses was the surprise hit of the 1964-'65 Broadway season, winning the triple crown: the Tony Award, the New York Drama Critics' Circle Award, and the Pulitzer Prize. Although this family drama still has resonance, its impact has been truncated by an ...

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    Rapt

    Presented by Aurora Productions in association with Chris Arruda, Brad Carpenter, and Rachel Reiner Productions, casting by Beth Melsky Casting, at the Culture Project, 45 Bleecker Street, NYC, Dec. 9-21.

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    Thundermug

    Presented by Yougotsoul Productions as part of the New York International Fringe Festival at CSV—Milagro Theatre, 107 Suffolk St., NYC, Aug. 11-24.

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    G-NOME

    It is an odd thing to have to remark that a playwright is miscast as himself. As a passionate admirer of Padua Playwrights founder Murray Mednick's past plays, I was thrilled by the opportunity to see the man himself onstage, playing a character so clearly autobiographical, a reflective, gnome-like ...

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    WEST OF BROOKLYN

    The 68 Cent Crew and its million dollars worth of talent lit up the sky like Roman candles with its Fourth of July weekend opening of this play written and produced by Ronnie Marmo, with Marmo in its autobiographical leading role of Sebastiano—Sebi for short. Marmo reveals in program ...

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    Stage Spot

    Having starred as doomed heroines in two acclaimed musicals by composer Steve Flaherty and lyricist Lynn Ahrens, Darlesia Cearcy knows whereof she speaks. "What makes their music so special," she said, "is that everything they write is from the heart. And they tell a complete story through their songs. There ...

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    From My Hometown

    Presented by Amas Musical Theatre in association with Ben Blake and Lee Summers, casting by Mark Simon, at the Kirk Theatre, 410 W. 42 St., NYC, June 18-July 12.

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    BULLSHOT CRUMMOND

    A few years back, Hollywood attempted to bring beloved cartoon characters to life in a combined live-action/animated film. The result—The Adventures of Rocky and Bullwinkle—was a big flop. One of the only successful human/cartoon films were The Pink Panther series, and that was the result of ...

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    HAIRSPRAY

    Perhaps we can forgive woebegone film-to-stage transplants such as Saturday Night Fever and Footloose as long as a four-star hoot such as Hairspray occasionally emerges from the pack. Ebullient, sassy, smart, campy, sumptuous, nostalgic, touching, and tuneful, this Elvis-era rock 'n' roll tuner is a nonstop joy. It's a ...