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    Xanadu

    Oh, the jukebox trove some people will raid in the interests of creating drama. Not just any jukebox, mind you, but the cornier cannon of the Electric Light Orchestra. "Magic," anyone? "Evil Woman"?

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    Forbidden Broadway: Special Victims Unit

    All bets for sacred-cow Broadway musicals and their stars to escape unscathed are off. Since 1982, writer-director Gerard Alessandrini has been updating his inspired Off-Broadway series, which serves up tough-love spoofs of the genre he adores.

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    Lady K is on the Mic

    What gives this solo performance its engaging quality is author-actor Kim Blackwell's equal-opportunity honesty. For audiences of all ethnicities, her comments make for an enlighteningly enjoyable evening.

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    Defiance

    This is the second play in John Patrick Shanley'sDoubttrilogy. LikeDoubt, which focuses on an intolerant and judgmental nun,Defianceconcentrates on a religious figure: a Lutheran Marine chaplain whose arrogance and lack of doubt make him a moral absolutist.

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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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    The Seagull

    If we'd never tried to move culture along, we'd still be living in caves. All trying is worth the effort. But not all trying leads to the optimal results.

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    Putting It Together

    As a black-tie party in a Manhattan skyscraper progresses and everyone drinks a little too much, intimate secrets emerge as the characters confront their lives and ambitions.

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    That Perfect Moment

    This bittersweet comedy centers on four San Fernando Valley guys who, back in the 1960s, were members of a rock group called the Weeds.

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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.