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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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    The Taming of the Shrew

    Shakespeare's classic comedy didn't need to be set in the postwar Italy of 1948 to showcase its biggest laughs. But in doing so, director Carl Reggiardo is able to ratchet up the slapstick in this under-the-stars staging.

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    Still Photos

    Elements of this memory play are well-conceived and well-staged. The intertwining of past and present is structured seamlessly, as a grandmother relives her doomed love affair with another woman.

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    Freezing Antarctica

    "Standing on your head, anything is possible-in freezing Antarctica." Bill Sterritt frequently uses this refrain in his quirky play, which he also directs.

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    Henry IV, Part I

    The balance of the production is uneven. When Hal and Falstaff are off stage, much of the energy drops.

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    Quarterlife

    Talk about strange bedfellows: The envelope-pushing Rude Guerrilla Theater Company tackles a classic 1965 musical.

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    Battle Hymn

    In Jim Leonard's bracingly literate new play, Martha embarks on a 150-year odyssey, carrying her unborn child across treacherous battlefields -- literal and figurative.

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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.

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    Third

    The late Wasserstein left a legacy of intelligent plays. In this one, her final work, she fashioned a piece that's absorbing -- funny, poignant, and cerebral -- but regrettably bogged down by dramaturgic contrivances that compromise its impact

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    How I Ruined Everything

    Presented by and at Eclectic Company Theatre, 5312 Laurel Canyon Blvd., North Hollywood. Fri.-Sat. 8 p.m. Jan. 13-Feb. 18. (818) 508-3003.