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    Our Town

    Has a show ever come to New York based on the heavenly smell of bacon? I'm inclined to think the answer is now yes, for the third act of director David Cromer's production of Thornton Wilder's Our Town—which sent Chicago critics into such shivers of delight ...

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    Why Torture Is Wrong, and the People Who Love Them

    Christopher Durang refuses to grow up.

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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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    Distracted

    Much like 9-year-old Jesse (Matthew Gumley), a boy who's heard but not seen for most of Lisa Loomer's new play at Roundabout Theatre Company, Distracted suffers from ADHD flitting from moment to moment and from style to style at an almost dizzying rate.

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    Happiness

    There's a lot of existential angst going around the New York theatre scene these days, what with Our Town off Broadway, Exit the King on Broadway, and now the new Off-Broadway musical Happiness.

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    Golden Boy of the Blue Ridge

    When J.M. Synge's The Playboy of the Western World premiered at the Abbey Theatre in Dublin in 1905, it literally created a riot.

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    John Lithgow: Stories by Heart: Haircut

    No doubt about it: John Lithgow is a formidable raconteur.

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    The Gingerbread House

    Powerfully acted, with a cast that could easily shift to Broadway, the StageFarm presentation is an evening that leaps from jolt to jolt, climaxing in a scene so devastating it even shut up the guffawing audience males who thought everything was just too funny for words.

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    The Yeats Project

    Think William Butler Yeats, and gorgeous Irish poetry comes to mind, not theatre. But the Irish Rep is doing its best to alter that perception with The Yeats Project, whose centerpiece is full stagings of eight of the poet's plays.