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    The Immigrant: A Hamilton County Album

    Schwarz's journeyman staging hits all the marks with a straightforward production that's caparisoned with moments of extreme clumsiness.

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    Minsky's

    Minsky's eschews sendup in favor of affectionate pastiche.

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    The History Boys

    Set in a high school in a northern England industrial town in the 1980s, the play charts the experiences of eight students preparing for the entrance exams.

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    Harm's Way

    It's a grim, eloquent, tautly written play, skillfully directed by Steve Zuckerman on a bleak, all-gray set. Stehlin richly captures the grief and gravitas of a career officer who must face the fact that his personal hell has become enmeshed with the hell of war.

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    Sammy Skunk's Hollywood Holiday

    I am not one to show up at children¿s theatre, as a rule. I find the character development weak and the plot points forced. However, I was fortunate enough to be able to cajole a 4-year-old of my acquaintance to leave her game of Pretty Pretty Princess for an ...

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    Open Window

    "Open Window," presented by Deaf West Theatre in association with and at Pasadena Playhouse, 39 S. El Molino Ave., Pasadena. Tue.-Fri. 8 p.m., Sat. 5 & 9 p.m., Sun. 2 & 7 p.m. (Also Wed. 10:30 a.m. Nov. 2; 2 p.m. Nov. 9.) Oct. 21-Nov. 20. $37-53. (626) 356-7529.

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    The Dinner Party

    Into a private dining room of an upscale Parisian restaurant iconic playwright Neil Simon inserts three divorced couples supposedly invited by a nonappearing host.

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    Death Of A Salesman

    Every mature actor worth his stripes covets the role of Willy Loman, easily the most indelible character of American theatre.

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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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    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.