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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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    I Have Been to Hiroshima Mon Amour

    Chiori Miyagawa's play should be required viewing for all anti–nuclear proliferation advocates. Not because it would fire them up—you must already be impassioned if you're aiming to stop the spread of nuclear weapons—but because the play makes brittle poetry of unimaginable horror.

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    Danny and Sylvia: The Danny Kaye Musical

    Whatever else you can say about it, YouTube is an archive of videos of long-dead actors, viewable on demand. So if you're unfamiliar with Danny Kaye, who died in 1987 and was a supreme comic talent, enjoy the banquet.

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    The Dishwashers

    To kick off the Americas Off Broadway festival at 59E59 Theaters comes Canadian playwright Morris Panych's 'The Dishwashers,'  in a production from Massachusetts' Chester Theatre Company.

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    A More Perfect Union

    What surprises—and it's the most satisfying aspect of the play—are the arguments they have about the cases that might be heard by the court.

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    For Lovers Only (Love Songs...Nothing but Love Songs)

    Producers of theater are slow to learn the lesson every real estate agent gets on day one: Location matters.

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    Offices

    Even though it clocks in at a mere 75 minutes, Ethan Coen's latest collection of one-acts wears out its welcome long before it's over, mistaking as it does banality for hipness.

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    The Merchant of Venice

    Shakespeare's plays have a little something for everyone: action, adventure, bawdy comedy, romance, philosophy.

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    Sophistry

    "Sophistry" presents scenarios meant to show various perspectives on such subjects as the nature of power, substance abuse, and sexual aggressiveness.

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    The Temperamentals

    Gay artists are reclaiming their history. Like "Milk," Jon Marans has done something similar for Harry Hay in his bright and affecting new play, "The Temperamentals."