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    Ubu The Shit!

    Jarry's once shocking story is perfect fodder for intrepid young artists such director Jeremy Aluma, who commandeers a talented troupe to bring a delightfully skewed vision of the overlooked classic crashing into glorious new life.

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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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    'The Grapes of Wrath' Is a Hell of a Ride

    A Noise Within’s production of Frank Galati’s Tony Award–winning adaptation of Nobel laureate John Steinbeck’s Pulitzer Prize–winning 1939 novel “The Grapes of Wrath” is a stunner.

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    ‘Justin Love’ Asks, Will Movie Stars Ever Come Out of the Closet?

    With a book co-written by one of L.A.’s most noteworthy publicists and a delightfully irreverent score screwing the movie business to its sticking place, the fresh new musical “Justin Love” emerges as a great Hollywood love story.

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    Splendid ‘Coney Island Christmas’ Has a Lot to Say About Life

    Donald Margulies’ heartwarming and hilarious “Coney Island Christmas,” at Geffen Playhouse, could help heal a troubled world with a dollop of truth and a sleigh load of humor.

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    LA Review: 'War Horse'

    The first U.S. touring production of "War Horse" is a technical and visual triumph, a grandly theatrical, warmly human fable dealing with universal truths.

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    Raised in Captivity

    As dysfunctional families go, the one in "Raised in Captivity," spawning estranged twin nutcases Sebastian and Bernadette, might be one of the most twisted.

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    'One Night With Janis Joplin' Brilliantly Conjures an Icon

    For anyone old enough to remember the Queen, Pasadena Playhouse’s “One Night With Janis Joplin” will make the past 40-plus years melt like a grilled cheese sandwich in a microwave.

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    LA Review: 'Marisol'

    The Harold Clurman Laboratory Theatre and the Art of Acting Studio give José Rivera's surreal 1993 drama "Marisol" a vibrant L.A. premiere.

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    The Escort

    In Jane Anderson's highly provocative new play, there are echoes of such works as Mike Nichols' "The Graduate" and a hint of classic French sex farce.