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    Stage Struck

    Simon Gray tries his hand at the genre, with the added wrinkle that, perhaps for the first time ever, a stage manager is the hero-villain of a thriller.

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    Quartet

    Ronald Harwood's love for the performing arts — especially his own service to the flamboyant actor-director Sir Donald Wolfit in his exceptional work The Dresser — is clear to see.

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    Distracted

    Lisa Loomer's hilarious and deeply moving new play follows a mother's quest to discover the right thing to do for her 8-year-old son, diagnosed with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder.

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    Black and Bluestein

    Jerry Mayer's latest play is filled with earnestness.

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    A Good Smoke

    I couldn't help but feel that Don Cumming's self-directed piece was simply a faster, more accessible version ofLong Day's Journey Into Night.

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    Closer

    Patrick Marber's incisive, dramatically piercing, savagely funny 1997 script has been described as "a sexual square dance" of four characters who repeatedly change romantic partners¿a process aided by a complex structure that moves back and forth through time.

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    The Submission and The Future Is in Eggs

    Ionesco and Astroturf--what a happy thing. In mounting two of Eugène Ionesco's lesser-known (and pre-Rhinoceros) works, Zoo District's Kristi Webber and a top-notch cast have given an old absurdist a new, decidedly retro infusion of hipster chic and manic energy.

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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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    Reefer Madness, The Musical

    Based on the Z-grade 1936 morality film warning parents of the dangers of "the leafy green assassin," Kevin Murphy and Dan Studney's musical version, which opened Off-Broadway in 2001, is an absolute hoot.

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    Back to Babylon

    In this self-crafted solo show, Gregg Tomé starts and ends as a man who refuses to attend his 10-year high school reunion but then spends his increasingly inebriated evening recalling many of his friends.