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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.

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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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    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.

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    The Hasty Heart

    Director Michael Rothhaar's understanding of the needs of each character produces an emotionally rich, humorous, and thoughtful endeavor. Every actor is memorable.

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    Texmas

    I knew that wrapped in this package were some of the better comic actors in town, so it was a treasure I approached with keen anticipation.

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    The Last Days of Judas Iscariot

    The premise is ingenious, but the indulgent script cries out for stronger focus. Nonetheless, this superbly acted rendition offers considerable rewards, capitalizing on Guirgis' slyly irreverent humor and incisive exploration of heady themes.