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    Desperate Writers

    There is potential hilarity in the trials and tribulations of Hollywood writers who battle with capricious studio executives, but the storytellers should set a consistent comedic style.

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    Respect: The Girl Em-Powered Musical

    Vanderbilt professor Dorothy Marcic has avoided many obvious theatrical and political pitfalls in her survey of women in popular music in 20th-century America.

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    Omnium Gatherum

    This eloquent, funny, provocative riff on 9/11 and its aftermath, by Theresa Rebeck and Alexandra Gersten-Vassilaros, gets a bang-up production by directors Ellen Geer and Rob Walker and the terrific Theatricum ensemble.

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    Second Thoughts

    "Second Thoughts," presented by the city of West Hollywood and Bare Bones Theatre at the Great Hall, Plummer Park, 7377 Santa Monica Blvd., West Hollywood. Fri.-Sat. 7 p.m., Sun. 3 p.m. Oct. 22-Nov. 13. $15-20. (323) 461-5570.

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    Getting Out

    Marcia Norman's schizophrenic play cannily posits that splitting a personality is as simple as splitting an infinitive.

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    Gaslight

    Though the 1944 George Cukor film version is generally considered a classic, this long-winded tale of extreme mental cruelty, and worse, hasn't aged well.

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    St. Joan and the Dancing Sickness

    Somewhere in rural Louisiana in 1999, a community is forced to face up to the cruelty and corruption of its state government.

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    Never Land

    In writer-director Phyllis Nagy’s unnerving 1998 tragicomedy the playwright explores ennui and tensions emanating from European class and cultural differences and within family relationships.

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    Back to Babylon

    In this self-crafted solo show, Gregg Tomé starts and ends as a man who refuses to attend his 10-year high school reunion but then spends his increasingly inebriated evening recalling many of his friends.

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    The Beverly Hills Psychiatrist

    More a skit than a play, the American premiere of this play by Cornelius Schnauber, translated by John Howard and Anne Adams, is exactly what you hoped for, given the play's title.