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    Quartet

    Mario Fratti's four short "gay-themed" plays all end with a twist, but the biggest twist is how little any of them say about contemporary gay life.

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    El beso del adiós (Kiss Bessemer Goodbye)

    This by-the-books family drama has some laughs but not much else.

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    The Mad 7

    "The Mad 7" retells the story of  an 18th-century Hasidic leader who died before finishing his story of an encounter with seven mystics as a San Francisco office worker accosted by deformed mystics on a coffee break.

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    A Cable From Gibralter

    Playwright Daniel Meltzer makes a game try at breathing new life into a bygone format, the well-made romantic comedy, but ends up with pretty weak tea.

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    Sounding

    Jennifer Gibbs' new play seeks the mystery of existence only to drown in weak storytelling and empty dialogue.

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    Way to Heaven (Himmelweg)

    More than 75 years after Hitler's ascension to power in Germany, the portrayal of Nazis on stage and screen is arguably more difficult than ever. It's simply too easy for actors to play caricature, even if they don't intend to.

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    NY Review: 'The Stranger to Kindness'

    David Stallings' "The Stranger to Kindess," part of Frigid New York, employs too many clichés in its depiction of the loneliness of the urban jungle.

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    Cats Don't Grin

    "Cats Don't Grin" belongs to the theatrical tradition of the intense but ambiguous two-person encounter: A man and a woman meet in a nondescript room, where they exchange clothes, and indulge in elaborate role-playing games.

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    De Novo

    Literalism trumps naturalism in this heartfelt but ultimately wearisome docudrama about a troubled Guatemalan teenager who enters the U.S. illegally.

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    Vice Versa

    This exercise in absurdism at the Under the Radar festival is over-the-top and wholly diverting.