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    Wildflower

    Lila Rose Kaplan's "Wildflower" is a wilted, stilted comedy. Its roots are submerged beneath a writing style lacking in nutrients.

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    Girls Night: The Musical

    When the whole audience joins in to chant "I Will Survive," you realize that "Girls Night: The Musical" is not just a silly bachelorette-flavored night on the town. It's a rally.

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    Levittown

    Marc Palmieri's "Levittown" has some genuinely earned dramatic pyrotechnics, but when he wanders from kitchen-sink realism to soap operatics, not even the sterling work of director George Demas and an admirable cast can save this production.

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    Etty

    There's nothing wrong with dramatizing untold or underexplored Holocaust stories, provided they deliver as much of a theatrical punch as the topic obviously deserves and requires

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    Boris Godunov

    For all its philosophical implications, Declan Donnellan's marvelous production has none of the weary marks of the cynic or the academic. This "Boris Godunov" crackles with ambition.

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    Trilogia della villeggiatura

    Toni Servillo's production lifts Goldoni irrevocably out of the 18th century, revealing him as a daringly modern witness to the compromises of lovers' hearts.

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    Life and Fate

    Director Lev Dodin, who also adapted Vasily Grossman's novel, accomplishes something rare with his Maly Drama Theatre production of "Life and Fate": He simultaneously leaves the audience behind and ahead of the action.

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    Peasant Opera

    Alongside the more grandiose offerings at Lincoln Center Festival 09, Béla Pintér and Company's "Peasant Opera" requires an intimate staging.

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    The Boychick Affair: The Bar Mitzvah of Harry Boychick

    The specter of Grandma Sylvia—whom theatergoers will recall as the matriarch of a dizzy, dysfunctional family that celebrated her funeral Off-Broadway during the 1990s—looms large over "The Boychick Affair."

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    Vanities

    When "Vanities" opened Off-Broadway in 1976, critical reaction was tepid. But money from the sale of rights to the show for an ABC TV series (which was never picked up) kept the production going.