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    The Hasty Heart

    Director Michael Rothhaar's understanding of the needs of each character produces an emotionally rich, humorous, and thoughtful endeavor. Every actor is memorable.

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    Black Watch

    The play is in itself a contradiction in terms: It's an anti-war -- or at any rate anti-Iraq War -- play, but it's rooted in love for the military and regimental pride, lifting it out of cliché and anchoring it in ambiguity.

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    Otello

    The performers here are quite operatic in voice, some more marvelously than others. But modern audiences increasingly expect a little acting with their opera.

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    Rose's Dilemma

    Neil Simon has created a sadly flat excursion into the lives and afterlives of fairly unexceptional people in this 2003 play.

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    In the Heart of America

    How many ways are there to say "war is hell"? Naomi Wallace, by taking on the last few conflagrations, comes up with a plethora of suggestions.

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    My Fair Lady

    O'Hare gives a performance appropriate to a stage the size of the Ahmanson's and to a 30-seat house, detailed and subtle yet visible to all.

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    The Julio Brothers

    In Gino Aquino and Lance Petersen's one-act play, theJulio Brothersare a trio of Rochester, N.Y., siblings who flunk out of a thriving career as drug dealers and decide to give the legit world a try.

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    Mercury Fur

    The U.S. premiere of British playwright Philip Ridley's 2005 shocker unfolds like a muted nightmare set in a vaguely defined near-future time when lawlessness is the order of the day. Two

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    Three By Mee: Part 2, The Bacchae

    Charles Mee's reinvention of Euripides' cosmic battle of nature and civilization, of gods and man, is enacted with a stinging contemporary edge.

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    Harm's Way

    It's a grim, eloquent, tautly written play, skillfully directed by Steve Zuckerman on a bleak, all-gray set. Stehlin richly captures the grief and gravitas of a career officer who must face the fact that his personal hell has become enmeshed with the hell of war.