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    Mother

    Watching Buck Henry and Holland Taylor romp through "Mother," Lisa Ebersole's new play at the Wild Project, gives new meaning to the word "overqualified."  You're very grateful they're there, but you can't help wondering why.

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    A Midsummer Night's Dream, a Rock Musical

    Who is this George Griggs and where has he been hiding? The program lists no credits for him, but the author of "A Midsummer Night's Dream, a Rock Musical" writes catchy and singable classic rock 'n' roll with strong hooks.

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    Fight Girl Battle World

    They obviously don't have a George Lucas–type budget, but the creative team and cast of  "Fight Girl Battle World," a frenetic takeoff on "Star Wars" and other epics of that ilk, make up for the lack with gleeful enthusiasm, fertile imaginations, and boundless energy.

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    Songs & Statues

    Peter Nickowitz's new play "Songs & Statues" is a bit of a conundrum. It's a packed two-hour-and-40-minute drama, about an assimilated Jewish family living in Connecticut in 1958 and dealing with anti-Semitism, whose first act, while engrossing, feels as if it were written in 1958.

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    The Joys of Fantasy

    Copyright law exists to preserve the original meaning and aesthetic quality of an intellectual property. Without it, the theater would be subjected to a host of knockoff productions.

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    Barefoot in the Park

    Kudos to the folks at Ground Up Productions for taking a chance on Neil Simon's "Barefoot in the Park" after 2006's lackluster Broadway revival.

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    The 24th Day

    Nicholas E. Calhoun and Wayne Stephens, the producers and stars of this Off-Off-Broadway showcase production of Tony Piccirillo's 1996 two-hander "The 24th Day," are doing what Back Stage often advises young actors to do: make their own breaks.

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    The Bully

    All the words that best describe "The Bully" would damn with faint praise any other show. But in the case of this new children's musical, phrases like "utterly charming" and "totally adorable" really do apply, in the best possible way.

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    Behind the Bullseye

    A  zany ritual occurs on Atlantic Avenue in Brooklyn, where dazed Target shoppers and employees grovel at the altar of commerce and behold with awe the sacraments of shopping.

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    Life on a Desert Island

    Imagine Les Stroud's "Survivorman" repurposed for the "Dora the Explorer" crowd and you have a clear picture of "Life on a Desert Island."