Off-Broadway Review

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    Blood and Gifts

    Playwright J.T. Rogers takes a bracing, multisided look at how America came to be mired in a war against fundamentalism in Afghanistan in this gripping and absorbing drama.

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    Triangle

    This joint effort of a playwright and a historian about the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire is both sketchy in its history and lacking in dramatic tension.

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    Outside People

    Zayd Dohrn's new play about an American man falling in love with a Chinese woman explores intriguing themes such as foreignness and isolation, but it ultimately devolves into a soap opera.

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    Summer Shorts 5: Series B

    Series B must unfortunately refer to the caliber of the second cycle of the Festival of New American Plays. The actors make a valiant effort, but the drama is subpar.

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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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    Stifters Dinge

    Difficult to categorize but a privilege to absorb, the show is Shelley meets Beckett meets Rauschenberg, and it's all new again.

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    Nightingale

    Thanks to the tremendous specificity and detail of Redgrave's writing and acting, "Nightingale" is a haunting elegy and a moving act of love.

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    Stuffed and Unstrung

    A pair of 400-pound gorrillas hovers over the puppet comedy "Stuffed and Unstrung," and neither is made of cloth with halved ping-pong balls for eyes.

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    Vigil

    The plot of this two-hander screams "sentimental weepy," but excellent direction and deeply felt performances by Malcolm Gets and Helen Stenborg make it funny and moving.

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    Ivanov

    You don't have to be Hungarian to love "Ivanov" as rendered by the Katona József Theatre. In fact, you don't have to be any particular nationality to discover the human faces and tragicomic underpinnings of this early Chekhov play.