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    Frozen

    The Weltanschauung of British playwright Bryony Lavery's 2004 drama is that of a cold, dark place where humans are reduced to creatures of instinct rather than enlightenment.

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    The Boarding House

    About 20 minutes into Ann Noble's play, a character suddenly starts taking Jerry Lewis-type pratfalls all over the stage.

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    The Women of Lockerbie

    On paper, Deborah Brevoort's fictionalized account of Scottish and Americans affected by the terrorist bombing of Pan Am Flight 103 might seem unremarkable. But in the hands of the Actors' Gang and director Brent Hinkley, it's quite the opposite.

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    A Picasso

    His reputation and credentials were not enough to make everyone adore the works of Pablo Picasso. After watching this production, a few more people might become converts to the painter, but others might regard him with the minority view's disdain. We observe the "genius" throw down a few strokes ...

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    Cuts

    Given two items on which to build their 10-minute plays, in this case a pair of scissors and the concept of duplicity, the Dog Ear Playwrights have compiled an octet of one-acts ranging from the sublimely realistic to the absurdly surreal. Threaded together by well-executed scene changes and composer¿multimedia ...

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    Revisionist History

    Our relationship with history would seem fertile ground for dramatic exploration¿especially if we¿re talking a very particular relationship with specific events of the past. In the case of Bill Sterritt¿s new play, the connection is between two modern-day archeologists¿Nulla and Dig (Barbara Sanders and William Landsman ...

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    Eros & The Guillotine II: Evening A

    When Mickey and Judy came to the bright Technicolor realization that there was a handy barn where they could put on a show, at least they had a plan.

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    Noises Off

    If you're going to like any farce, this is it. That's because Michael Frayn, who also wrote Copenhagen, one of the most intellectually stimulating dramas of the last decade, used the same type of exactitude for this wacky two-and-a-half-hour romp.

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    Talking With

    Estrogen abounds in this revival of Jane Martin's collection of monologues of 11 women on the verge of emotional breakdowns or breakthroughs. The production features well-put-together individualized sets designed by Alejandro Gonzalez, one each for the two clusters of monologues (six in Act I and five in Act II).

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    The Dark Ages

    It could be any back alley in any American downtown, one of those havens for the halt, the lame, the lost, and the scuffed.