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    Henry IV, Part I

    The balance of the production is uneven. When Hal and Falstaff are off stage, much of the energy drops.

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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.

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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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    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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    Twist

    The young heroes and heroines of Charles Dickens' novels are invariably subjected to terrible trials and tribulations, but until now nobody ever suggested that the characters enjoyed it.

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    Henry V

    Rarely have Shakespeare's other historical dramas reached the grandeur of this one, the Bard's portrayal of "good King Harry," the Lancastrian monarch who won the Battle of Agincourt.

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    St. Alice of Chattahoochee

    It's a rattletrap Alice Johnson has assembled for herself, held together with chewing gum and baling wire for the most part, but, damn, what a driver. Johnson is a lithe, lean gamine with unstoppable energy and mercurial features.

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    Dialectics of the Heart

    The word "dialectic" is defined here as the struggle between opposites, and that couldn't be more the case when 端ber-rigid academic Elizabeth Drewer (Sharon Lawrence) falls hard for her hot-blooded young teaching assistant Richard Amado (Nicholas Gonzalez).

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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.