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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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    Sister Cities

    This two-act drama of four estranged sisters-with different personalities, lifestyles, and fathers, reunited by the suicide of their terminally ill mother-was conceived and written by Circus Theatricals company member Colette Freedman.

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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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    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.