Off-Broadway Review

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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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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."

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    Newyorkland

    Temporary Distortion's new film-theater piece about the private life of cops is strongest when it lets its stories speak for themselves and weakest when it dips into sentimentality.