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    The Seagull

    If we'd never tried to move culture along, we'd still be living in caves. All trying is worth the effort. But not all trying leads to the optimal results.

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    Defiance

    This is the second play in John Patrick Shanley'sDoubttrilogy. LikeDoubt, which focuses on an intolerant and judgmental nun,Defianceconcentrates on a religious figure: a Lutheran Marine chaplain whose arrogance and lack of doubt make him a moral absolutist.

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    Hillary Agonistes

    The laughs never come, and when the script wanders into pure soap moments -- such as Hillary intoning, "I won't be taken down; they won't do to me what they did to Bill" -- the production seems to be taking itself awfully seriously.

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    Tomahawk

    One can't help but wonder if a healthy dosage of preshow hallucinogens might showcase this jawdroppingly awful three hours of theatrical drivel in a more palatable light.

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    Alice Sit-By-The Fire

    The show's scenic design beautifully fulfills the humor and period sensitivity of this piece, along with careful costuming, lighting, and sound design.

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    Little Footsteps

    The seriocomic 1986 play by Ted Tally takes a look at a couple who faces impending parenthood. Director Gregory Cohen and company well establish the tension brewing in this marriage.

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    Cuts

    Given two items on which to build their 10-minute plays, the Dog Ear Playwrights have compiled an octet of one-acts ranging from the sublimely realistic to the absurdly surreal.

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    The Cover of Life

    R.T. Robinson's play is set in small-town Sterlington, La., in 1943.

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    The Hasty Heart

    Director Michael Rothhaar's understanding of the needs of each character produces an emotionally rich, humorous, and thoughtful endeavor. Every actor is memorable.

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    The Time Machine

    Until Julian Bane and Phil Abatecola clicked on to their laptops, no one had attempted a stage version of this far-reaching fantasy. This ill-fated version doesn't bid fair to be the one that breaks down any barriers.