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    I've Never Been So Happy

    The show is a boy-meets-girl Western musical with a happy ending. But don't go expecting "Annie Get Your Gun" or "Oklahoma!"

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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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    Dames at Sea

    This 1968 Off-Broadway relic has remained a durable confection due to its sweetness of spirit in affectionately serving up a pastiche rather than spoofing, channeling the quaint but charming conventions of 1930s tuners.

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    Closer

    Patrick Marber's dark elegy to postmodern love continues its haunting poignancy nearly 10 years after its London premiere.

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    A Magic Christmas

    Presented by Andak Stage Company at NewPlace Theatre Center, 4900 Vineland Ave., North Hollywood. Thu.-Sat. 8 p.m., Sun. 2 & 7 p.m. Dec. 3-Jan. 8, 2006. (818) 506-8462.

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    The Julio Brothers

    In Gino Aquino and Lance Petersen's one-act play, theJulio Brothersare a trio of Rochester, N.Y., siblings who flunk out of a thriving career as drug dealers and decide to give the legit world a try.

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    The Time Machine

    Until Julian Bane and Phil Abatecola clicked on to their laptops, no one had attempted a stage version of this far-reaching fantasy. This ill-fated version doesn't bid fair to be the one that breaks down any barriers.

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    Victory

    In its taut 60 minutes, this riveting -- albeit hard-to-watch -- drama works as a nail-chewing thriller and fascinating political drama rolled into one.

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    Cuts

    Given two items on which to build their 10-minute plays, the Dog Ear Playwrights have compiled an octet of one-acts ranging from the sublimely realistic to the absurdly surreal.

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    The Cover of Life

    R.T. Robinson's play is set in small-town Sterlington, La., in 1943.