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    The Crumple Zone

    A smart blend of the conventions of witty sex comedy with poignant reflections on longing and loneliness in gay relationships.

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    Catch & Release

    This production delivers a triple whammy of uninspired acting, unfocused and sloppy direction, and an unoriginal script. Playwright and star Rachel Brenna uses frequent flashbacks and a slow reveal of the story's major plot point, but neither technique transforms this into material worthy of more than a bad 1980s ...

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    Inspecting Carol

    Presented by and at the West Valley Playhouse, 7242 Owensmouth Ave., Canoga Park. Fri.-Sat. 8 p.m., Sun. 2:30 p.m. (Dark Nov. 24-25.) Nov. 18-Dec. 11. (818) 884-1907.

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    Rounding Third

    It's a daunting task for any small theatre company trying to stay afloat in Los Angeles to choose a season that will be innovative and fresh while offering themes universal enough to attract an audience.

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    The Retreat from Moscow

    As a playwright, William Nicholson specializes in examining family relationships, with a particular focus on husband and wife.

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    What They Have

    This handsome and capably performed world-premiere staging makes an admirable stab at bringing this intelligent yet verbose play to life.

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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.

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    Gaslight

    Though the 1944 George Cukor film version is generally considered a classic, this long-winded tale of extreme mental cruelty, and worse, hasn't aged well.

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    St. Joan and the Dancing Sickness

    Somewhere in rural Louisiana in 1999, a community is forced to face up to the cruelty and corruption of its state government.