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    The Retreat from Moscow

    As a playwright, William Nicholson specializes in examining family relationships, with a particular focus on husband and wife.

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    What They Have

    This handsome and capably performed world-premiere staging makes an admirable stab at bringing this intelligent yet verbose play to life.

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    Catch & Release

    This production delivers a triple whammy of uninspired acting, unfocused and sloppy direction, and an unoriginal script. Playwright and star Rachel Brenna uses frequent flashbacks and a slow reveal of the story's major plot point, but neither technique transforms this into material worthy of more than a bad 1980s ...

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    The Submission and The Future Is in Eggs

    Ionesco and Astroturf--what a happy thing. In mounting two of Eugène Ionesco's lesser-known (and pre-Rhinoceros) works, Zoo District's Kristi Webber and a top-notch cast have given an old absurdist a new, decidedly retro infusion of hipster chic and manic energy.

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    Stage Struck

    Simon Gray tries his hand at the genre, with the added wrinkle that, perhaps for the first time ever, a stage manager is the hero-villain of a thriller.

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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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    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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    Garden of Reason

    Press materials for the new version ofGarden of Reasonsay it's Pink Floyd's "The Wall" meets Cirque du Soleil.

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    How I Ruined Everything

    Presented by and at Eclectic Company Theatre, 5312 Laurel Canyon Blvd., North Hollywood. Fri.-Sat. 8 p.m. Jan. 13-Feb. 18. (818) 508-3003.

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    The Awakening

    ¿We need a new attitude,¿ says Joshua (Derek Shaun), a young, black college grad who returns to his roots, his tough hood, to set up business and try to make a difference. This is in contrast to his best friend, John (Damon Christopher), a young black dentist who moves out ...