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    Unbeatable Harold

    When a show clocks in at 45 minutes, one is tempted to write a haiku review.

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    La Cage Aux Folles

    Things start off on the wrong foot because of Guerrero's ill-advised transplant of the story from the French Riviera to contemporary L.A., leading to gaping inconsistencies.

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    An Act of Love

    Director Casey Stangl has approached the piece with a frothy touch no doubt designed to gloss over the pitiable family at its core, but I don't know that it works.

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    Li'l Abner

    Michetti's triumphant re-creation ofLi'l Abnerproves that for certain vintage musicals, a traditional TLC treatment with the right assemblage of talent can reap rich rewards.

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    Talk About the Passion

    British playwright Graham Farrow's searing drama is like a sharp punch to the gut, the type that leaves you winded.

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    Edge

    Edgeis Plath's recounting of her life in a version written and thoughtfully directed by Paul Alexander.

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    Romeo and Juliet

    The director's approach yields a good primer for those unfamiliar with the play, especially students; but it doesn't necessarily equate to good Shakespeare or, in the case of this staging, even to good theatre.

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    Tom, Dick and Harry

    In many respects, this play by father and son Ray and Michael Cooney is a tribute to those anonymous folk who only count when the tax collector comes around.

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    Avenue Q

    "It Sucks to Be Me," a jaunty ditty about low self-esteem and the elusive quest to find one's place on this planet, is among the funniest of the saucy but sweet songs gracing this deliciously offbeat musical parable.

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    Gamblers

    Eric Bentley's translation of Nikolai Gogol's 1843 one-act comedy proves once again that you can't con a con, so don't even try.