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    Over The River And Through The Woods

    With the announcement that all that matters to his grandparents are the three F's--family, faith, and food--Nick Cristano (Daniel Tatar) narrates a story that attempts to explain the dynamic of his volatile Italian family.

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    The Shelter

    If Valery Belyakovich meant for his audience to experience the agony and despair of the characters we see onstage here, he may have succeeded. Over the course of this three-hour production, our distress is limitless.

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    The Italian In Me

    It would probably be best if you were a household name, had a lead role on a hit sitcom, or had at least five decades of fame to your credit before you try to tackle that ever-dreaded genre, the one-person show.

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    Jay Johnson: The Two & Only

    To illustrate the dubious esteem in which the art is often held, ventriloquist Jay Johnson tells of once being rebuked after a college show by several campus Christians who informed him that Satan was the first ventriloquist, having thrown his voice into the serpent to tempt Eve.

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    Dialectics of the Heart

    The word "dialectic" is defined here as the struggle between opposites, and that couldn't be more the case when 端ber-rigid academic Elizabeth Drewer (Sharon Lawrence) falls hard for her hot-blooded young teaching assistant Richard Amado (Nicholas Gonzalez).

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    Square One

    In the wake of swirling public dismay over the current administration's penchant for keeping track of citizens' personal lives without approval, Steve Tesich's 1990 comic political satire resonates.

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    Six Degrees of Separation

    Have any recent plays captured the sense of isolation felt by Baby Boomers--even successful ones--as effectively as John Guare's artfully theatrical 1990 drama.

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    Diva

    Two veteran producer-writers of TV sitcoms join forces for the L.A. premiere of this sardonic comedy: a behind-the-scenes look at egomania, depravity, disloyalty, and other sorts of dishonorable behavior surrounding a star-driven sitcom.

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    How I Ruined Everything

    Presented by and at Eclectic Company Theatre, 5312 Laurel Canyon Blvd., North Hollywood. Fri.-Sat. 8 p.m. Jan. 13-Feb. 18. (818) 508-3003.

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    The Turn of The Screw

    Presented by Janice Crystal, Larry Magid, Face Productions, and Broadway LA at the Wilshire Theatre, 8440 Wilshire Blvd., Beverly Hills. Tues.-Fri. 8 p.m., Sat. 3 & 8 p.m. (Dark Jan. 30-Feb. 5.) Jan. 12-Feb. 18. (213) 365-3500 or (714) 740-7878.