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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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    Oliver

    In producing this durable crowd-pleaser, there are choices: a lively family show, or Charles Dickens' darker tale. Executive producer-director Marsha Moode chooses the upbeat.

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    One Nation, Under God

    Given religion's role in shaping our current geopolitical climate, the timing for this piece would seem most pointed. Playwright-director Philip W. Chung, with his cast's workshopped assistance, delivers a sharply defined world premiere concerning one man's spiritually inspired horrific actions.

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    The Winter's Tale

    This production takes the "Method style" to playing Shakespeare: emphasizing creating behavior and clever business to "make Shakespeare interesting."

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    Legends!

    What becomes a legend least? For those who consider Joan Collins and Linda Evans┬┐sparring divas inDynasty, the smash nighttime soap of the 1980s--to be legends, the answer would be a retrograde recycled star vehicle.

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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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    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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    Back to Babylon

    In this self-crafted solo show, Gregg Tomé starts and ends as a man who refuses to attend his 10-year high school reunion but then spends his increasingly inebriated evening recalling many of his friends.

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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.