Off-Broadway Review

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    The Forest

    Classic Stage Company gets lost in the 'Forest' with an uneven production of Alexander Ostrovsky's rarely performed 1870 comedy.

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    My Wonderful Day

    Though it's centered on the timeworn cliché of the wise innocent child, Alan Ayckbourn's "My Wonderful Day" is largely entertaining.

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    Misalliance

    How would one describe the works of George Bernard Shaw without calling them droll? His brand of whimsy, with its perfectly quotable epigrams, just begs for the label.

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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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    Restoration

    There are a few spots on this "Restoration," but Claudia Shear is so entertaining as actor and author that we can see past them.

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    Mel & El: Show & Tell

    This writing-acting team, real-life best friends since age 12, already have Timothy R. Mackabee's fantastic set to show off, a pink fantasyland crammed with posters from the 1980s and '90s, books, a refrigerator, gewgaws, a sofa, and a stuffed pillow with Liza Minnelli's face on it.

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    Interviewing the Audience

    Employing Spalding Gray's basic template, Zach Helm uses the recollections and observations of audience members to create a rewarding and memorable experience.

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    Dark Sisters

    I was looking forward to composer Nico Muhly and librettist Stephen Karam's new opera, so it's with great disappointment that I have to report that it's an awfully wan piece of work.

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    Neighbourhood Watch

    Alan Ayckbourn is back in top form with this dryly hilarious comedy about vigilantism, led by the brilliant Alexandra Mathie, a comic goddess if ever there was one.

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    Penny Penniworth

    The source material for the 70-minute send-up "Penny Penniworth" is largely mid-Victorian English lit, and the comedic result is priceless.