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    ‘The Morini Strad’ Reminds Audiences of the Value of Art

    The richly luminous performance of Mariette Hartley as real-life violin virtuoso Erica Morini enriches the West Coast debut of Willy Holtzman’s “The Morini Strad.”

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    ‘The Motherf**ker With the Hat’ Finds Its Laughs in Unlikely Places

    Stephen Adly Guirgis’ ruthlessly funny “The Motherf**ker With the Hat,” about love, fidelity, and substance abuse, gets an expertly acted staging from South Coast Repertory.

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    My Sister In This House

    Through the thoughtfulness of playwright Wendy Kesselman and director Michael Unger, this production ideally suits Deaf West Theatre and its imaginative yet nonintrusive melding of the hearing and nonhearing worlds.

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    Theresa Rebeck's 'Seminar' Is Unoriginal but Entertaining

    In “Seminar,” from Center Theatre Group at the Ahmanson and starring Jeff Goldblum, Theresa Rebeck proves again that she can fashion clichés into an interesting, commercial story.

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    'Fuddy Meers' Just Isn't Funny

    Long Beach Playhouse has a disaster on its hands with David Lindsay-Abaire’s first play, “Fuddy Meers,” a Christopher Durang–like comedy that stubbornly refuses to come to life.

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    Bach at Leipzig

    It's 1722 in  Leipzig, Germany. The Thomaskirche is in need of a new music director. Germany's top organists and choir leaders descend on the church to apply for the job.

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    Small Engine Repair

    John Pollono's gritty dark comedy starts out like David Mamet lite—a bromance charting the testosterone-charged reunion of three 30-something pals—then takes a startling turn.

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    'Dirty Filthy Love Story' Takes a Comic Look at Hoarders

    Rob Mersola’s ultra-black comedy “Dirty Filthy Love Story,” getting its world premiere from Rogue Machine Theatre, lands a load of guffaws, though the gory denouement is a cop-out.

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    The Changeling

    Director Dave Barton’s outstanding new adaptation of Thomas Middleton and William Rowleys’ 1622 tragedy “The Changeling,” at Long Beach Playhouse, proves accessible and timely.

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    'In the Red and Brown Water' Makes Marvelous Music

    Tarrell Alvin McCraney’s “In the Red and Brown Water” get its L.A. premiere courtesy of Fountain Theatre in director Shirley Jo Finney’s fluid, highly charged production.