Off-Broadway Review

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    Mummenschanz

    In a world in which Blue Man Group and Cirque du Soleil are staples of the mainstream, the troupe's abstract puppets seem oddly antiquated.

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    A Play on War

    This brisk re-imagining of Brecht's "Mother Courage" by way of bicycles and Rodgers and Hammerstein surmounts some staging hiccups along the way.

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    Goodbar

    This "live concept album" based on Judith Rossner's bestselling novel has a few effective moments but fails to evoke pathos for its desperate heroine.

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    666

    Who'd have thought that a show about four men in prison getting beaten, raped, electrocuted, hung, and guillotined would be so hilarious? The Madrid-based troupe Yllana obviously did.

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    Happy Hour

    Ethan Coen offers unrelieved anger and depression in three one-acts. Aside from a funny and fascinatingly bizarre scene in a Japanese restaurant, the playlets go nowhere.

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    The Agony and the Ecstasy of Steve Jobs

    Mike Daisey's accidental eulogy for the late Apple CEO fuses personal narrative and journalistic storytelling to create a captivating and relevant evening of theater.

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    A Little Journey

    Director Jackson Gay's nurturing production of Rachel Crothers' 1918 drama flies by swimmingly for two acts but can't entirely overcome a sudden lurch into melodrama.

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    Family Week

    Director Jonathan Demme is stuck in cinema mode for his theatrical debut, and Beth Henley's 75-minute script feels like a first draft.

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    Chasing Manet

    Only Tina Howe, the author of such eccentric and lyrical works as Painting Churches and Coastal Disturbances, could take what is essentially an episode of The Golden Girls and turn it into a tenderly sad and riotously funny meditation on age, family, and freedom of expression.

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    Merrick, the Elephant Man

    Though the director's vision and the actor's performance are consistently impressive, there's also a lot of self-conscious preciousness in this solo show retelling the story of "The Elephant Man."