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    1776

    Opening less than a week past Independence Day, this powerful revisit to Sherman Edwards' stirring historical musical provides a perfect celebration of the patriotic holiday.

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    Ineffable

    They pull the entire audience onstage for a group photo, they pratfall, they execute stylized choreography to witty musical choices, and yet the show is over too soon.

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    Is He Dead?

    Once you get past the fact that this "new" 1898 play by Mark Twain is receiving its West Coast premiere 111 years after it was written, its tale of the European art scene circa the mid-19th century is quite strikingly contemporary.

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    Collected Stories

    Donald Margulies' two-hander applies the dynamic seen in 'All About Eve' to the literary world—in this case legendary short-story author Ruth Steiner (Kandis Chappell) and young up-and-comer Lisa Morrison (Melanie Lora).

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    Eve's Rapture

    It's difficult to tell where, exactly, the playwright wants to take us in 'Eve's Rapture'. For the most part it feels uncomfortably like stylish Christian doctrine.

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    Carved in Stone

    This loony, crazy quilt of a play by late gay playwright Jeffrey Hartgraves is set in a strange sort of limbo where a group of gay writers and icons have taken up residence.

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    Harps and Angels

    "Harps and Angels," conceived by Jack Viertel and directed by Jerry Zaks, is the latest attempt to find a simpatico fit between Randy Newman's witty philosophical musings and the creative vernacular of stage musicals.

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    Something Happened

    It has been six years since L. Trey Wilson impressed critics with "Stage Directions," and his latest effort should add to his reputation as a playwright capable of blending genuine comedy with deep universal social issues.

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    Love, Loss and What I Wore

    Regardless of who wrote what, there's a healthy dose of humor mixed with a few touching tales, delivered with energy and honesty by a talented veteran cast.

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    The Maids

    Jean Genet's play about maids who murdered their employer and her daughter dives to creepy depths with the help of director Arminca LaManna and actors fully immersed inside a twisted, waking nightmare.