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    Nights Errant: A Fool's Nocturne

    Upstage center is a large green box, labeled "The Amazing D'Oro and His Lovely Assistant."

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    Ester Goldberg's The Big Show

    If you had a raucous, motor-mouthed, vulgar but generally kind-hearted Jewish relative who wore garish gowns, you might fully appreciate the drag queen known as Ester Goldberg. The illusion of her femininity is apparently being buttressed by the fact that the performer's real-life name is mentioned nowhere.

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    The Empty Bed

    When two emotionally damaged and gun-shy people find themselves attracted to each other, the result tends to be tentative at best.

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    Jackie Live: For Real and Shovitt

    Improv and sketch comedy skills don¿t translate into a fully successful one-person show unless there¿s structure, cohesion, and variety. Results are mixed for performers Josh Covitt and Jackie Honikman, whose solo outings are combined into one show.

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    The Time of Your Life

    William Saroyan's allegorical slice of American life has a nostalgic feel as well as a contemporary one, examining issues of loneliness and alienation. Produced in 1939 with the shadow of war as a specter, it gathers an improbable group of San Franciscans together in the honky-tonk Pacific Street Saloon ...

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    Boxcar and Eugenia

    Eugenia Gold (Esther Rosen) is 82 years old, blind, and not afraid of anybody. Maybe she should be, as she is ripped off by a neighborhood scam artist, her social worker Susan (Judith E.) tells her she is one step away from a nursing home, and the supposed solution comes ...

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    Endgame

    Samuel Beckett'sWaiting for Godotmay garner universal acclaim and frequent stagings from now until doomsday, but his 1957 opusEndgameexplores numerous concerns--perhaps obsessions--of the playwright, from confinement and helplessness to the tyrannies that often arise from human interdependencies.

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    Bright Ideas

    At what point does parental devotion graduate to the level of obsessive one-upmanship? Is it merely coveting the endless hours of videotape accumulated by another child's family?

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    Judy At The Stonewall Inn

    Here's the fabulous premise: It's not a coincidence that the Greenwich Village Stonewall Riots of 1969 began in the wee hours of the morning after Judy Garland's New York funeral.

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    The Good Body

    Who can resist the humanity of a show born of Eve Ensler's "tormentor," the slightly fleshy stomach which she, and most of the rest of us, developed after sliding past 40.