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    Open Window

    "Open Window," presented by Deaf West Theatre in association with and at Pasadena Playhouse, 39 S. El Molino Ave., Pasadena. Tue.-Fri. 8 p.m., Sat. 5 & 9 p.m., Sun. 2 & 7 p.m. (Also Wed. 10:30 a.m. Nov. 2; 2 p.m. Nov. 9.) Oct. 21-Nov. 20. $37-53. (626) 356-7529.

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    The Dinner Party

    Into a private dining room of an upscale Parisian restaurant iconic playwright Neil Simon inserts three divorced couples supposedly invited by a nonappearing host.

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    Death Of A Salesman

    Every mature actor worth his stripes covets the role of Willy Loman, easily the most indelible character of American theatre.

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    Texmas

    I knew that wrapped in this package were some of the better comic actors in town, so it was a treasure I approached with keen anticipation.

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    Is He Dead?

    Once you get past the fact that this "new" 1898 play by Mark Twain is receiving its West Coast premiere 111 years after it was written, its tale of the European art scene circa the mid-19th century is quite strikingly contemporary.

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    Collected Stories

    Donald Margulies' two-hander applies the dynamic seen in 'All About Eve' to the literary world—in this case legendary short-story author Ruth Steiner (Kandis Chappell) and young up-and-comer Lisa Morrison (Melanie Lora).

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    Eve's Rapture

    It's difficult to tell where, exactly, the playwright wants to take us in 'Eve's Rapture'. For the most part it feels uncomfortably like stylish Christian doctrine.

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    Carved in Stone

    This loony, crazy quilt of a play by late gay playwright Jeffrey Hartgraves is set in a strange sort of limbo where a group of gay writers and icons have taken up residence.

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    Ineffable

    They pull the entire audience onstage for a group photo, they pratfall, they execute stylized choreography to witty musical choices, and yet the show is over too soon.

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    Steal Away: The Living History of Harriet Tubman

    The play unfolds Tubman's memories, sweetly showing that there are good and bad people no matter our race or gender. But Balian's direction lacks an imagination.