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    One Nation, Under God

    Given religion's role in shaping our current geopolitical climate, the timing for this piece would seem most pointed. Playwright-director Philip W. Chung, with his cast's workshopped assistance, delivers a sharply defined world premiere concerning one man's spiritually inspired horrific actions.

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    The Winter's Tale

    This production takes the "Method style" to playing Shakespeare: emphasizing creating behavior and clever business to "make Shakespeare interesting."

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    Legends!

    What becomes a legend least? For those who consider Joan Collins and Linda Evans¿sparring divas inDynasty, the smash nighttime soap of the 1980s--to be legends, the answer would be a retrograde recycled star vehicle.

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    Stages

    Initially, Abigail Rose Solomon¿sStageswas created as a 90-minute one-act play. But an intermission was added late during the rehearsal process.

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    The Playground

    Few musicals in recent years have been more frustrating than this one. The subject matter-homeless youth-is compelling.

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    Jackson Frost

    All of the performances were so exquisitely alive, the arts of listening and unselfconscious participation so in full use, that this had to be one of those heightened evenings that result from offstage exigencies.

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    Twist

    The young heroes and heroines of Charles Dickens' novels are invariably subjected to terrible trials and tribulations, but until now nobody ever suggested that the characters enjoyed it.

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    Henry V

    Rarely have Shakespeare's other historical dramas reached the grandeur of this one, the Bard's portrayal of "good King Harry," the Lancastrian monarch who won the Battle of Agincourt.

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    The Taming of the Shrew

    Shakespeare's classic comedy didn't need to be set in the postwar Italy of 1948 to showcase its biggest laughs. But in doing so, director Carl Reggiardo is able to ratchet up the slapstick in this under-the-stars staging.

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    Still Photos

    Elements of this memory play are well-conceived and well-staged. The intertwining of past and present is structured seamlessly, as a grandmother relives her doomed love affair with another woman.