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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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    Inspecting Carol

    Presented by and at the West Valley Playhouse, 7242 Owensmouth Ave., Canoga Park. Fri.-Sat. 8 p.m., Sun. 2:30 p.m. (Dark Nov. 24-25.) Nov. 18-Dec. 11. (818) 884-1907.

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    Rounding Third

    It's a daunting task for any small theatre company trying to stay afloat in Los Angeles to choose a season that will be innovative and fresh while offering themes universal enough to attract an audience.

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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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    First Monday In October

    In the 1970s, when this play was first produced, it seemed provocatively hip to place a woman on the Supreme Court bench and have her hail from the bastion of well-to-do conservatism, Orange County.

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    Gaslight

    Though the 1944 George Cukor film version is generally considered a classic, this long-winded tale of extreme mental cruelty, and worse, hasn't aged well.

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    St. Joan and the Dancing Sickness

    Somewhere in rural Louisiana in 1999, a community is forced to face up to the cruelty and corruption of its state government.