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    Distracted

    Lisa Loomer's hilarious and deeply moving new play follows a mother's quest to discover the right thing to do for her 8-year-old son, diagnosed with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder.

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    Black and Bluestein

    Jerry Mayer's latest play is filled with earnestness.

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    Art

    The three-man cast plays the piece with unpretentious precision and considerable flair, and they effectively capture the play's understated comedy.

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    Stages

    Initially, Abigail Rose Solomon¿sStageswas created as a 90-minute one-act play. But an intermission was added late during the rehearsal process.

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    Bush Is Bad: Alaska Beauty Queen Edition

    Fair and balanced? Definitely not. Composer and lyricist Joshua Rosenblum puts W. squarely in his sights and unleashes a withering blast of satire in this musical revue.

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    'Nami

    Playwright Chad Beckim's piece on the sale of children in the sex-slave market builds with genuine tension but reaches a gory climax that is arbitrary and strains credulity.

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    Reefer Madness, The Musical

    Based on the Z-grade 1936 morality film warning parents of the dangers of "the leafy green assassin," Kevin Murphy and Dan Studney's musical version, which opened Off-Broadway in 2001, is an absolute hoot.

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    Quarterlife

    Talk about strange bedfellows: The envelope-pushing Rude Guerrilla Theater Company tackles a classic 1965 musical.

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    Battle Hymn

    In Jim Leonard's bracingly literate new play, Martha embarks on a 150-year odyssey, carrying her unborn child across treacherous battlefields -- literal and figurative.

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    The Playground

    Few musicals in recent years have been more frustrating than this one. The subject matter-homeless youth-is compelling.