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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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    Bush Is Bad: Alaska Beauty Queen Edition

    Fair and balanced? Definitely not. Composer and lyricist Joshua Rosenblum puts W. squarely in his sights and unleashes a withering blast of satire in this musical revue.

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    Twist

    The young heroes and heroines of Charles Dickens' novels are invariably subjected to terrible trials and tribulations, but until now nobody ever suggested that the characters enjoyed it.

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    Henry V

    Rarely have Shakespeare's other historical dramas reached the grandeur of this one, the Bard's portrayal of "good King Harry," the Lancastrian monarch who won the Battle of Agincourt.

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    The Women

    I went with the hope of expunging the memory of the recent cinematic remake of Clare Boothe Luce's sharply observed look at life among women of means.

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    'Nami

    Playwright Chad Beckim's piece on the sale of children in the sex-slave market builds with genuine tension but reaches a gory climax that is arbitrary and strains credulity.

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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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    Garden of Reason

    Press materials for the new version ofGarden of Reasonsay it's Pink Floyd's "The Wall" meets Cirque du Soleil.

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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.

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    The Awakening

    ¿We need a new attitude,¿ says Joshua (Derek Shaun), a young, black college grad who returns to his roots, his tough hood, to set up business and try to make a difference. This is in contrast to his best friend, John (Damon Christopher), a young black dentist who moves out ...