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    KILLING RUSSELL CROWE

    Russell Crowe is reported by MSNBC to be "furious" with playwright Jeremy Kehoe for his "imputation that I do not pay my way." Whether he is furious or even interested in Kehoe's play is a moot question, but any publicity is good these days, so buzz about this satire ...

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    Black Watch

    The play is in itself a contradiction in terms: It's an anti-war -- or at any rate anti-Iraq War -- play, but it's rooted in love for the military and regimental pride, lifting it out of cliché and anchoring it in ambiguity.

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    Otello

    The performers here are quite operatic in voice, some more marvelously than others. But modern audiences increasingly expect a little acting with their opera.

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    Assassins

    Stephen Sondheim and John Weidman's 1990 musical about the role of presidential assassins in American society is a virtual tabula rasa for any director.

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    The Chocolate Soldier in Concert

    Presented by Musicals Tonight!, casting by Stephen DeAngelis, at the 45th Street Theatre, 354 W. 45 St., NYC, March 29–April 10.

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    SOMEWHERE, SOMEONE SAID

    There's more to this production than what's on the tiny stage. On opening weekend the audience contributed heartily, its comfortable mix of generations gathered to watch and learn from four Greek legends modernized by the youthful members of this enthusiastic ensemble. The cinematically written sketches, performed by the ...

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    SEX, LIES, AND VIDEOTAPE

    The differences between stage and film are wide and deep, but I think an argument can be made that L.A.'s intimate theatres have done a lot to blur that distinction—we're so close to the actors in some of these spaces that they don't often have ...

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    FALLING UPWARD!

    It begins on gossamer hopes, with sentimental language and an otherworldly look. But somewhere along this theatrical journey, meant to be a sweet fable of mutual understanding and good fellowship, matters devolve into the very stereotyping and name-calling it purports to abhor. Certainly this microcosm, created by playwright Ray Bradbury ...

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    VILLAGE WOOING

    It would be hard to find two more delightful and captivating commentaries on the dance between the sexes, both plays perfectly sized for their wit to work without cloying. The shared premise of these one-acts, featuring one couple apiece, is that the sexes will never know each other much better ...