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    Respect: The Girl Em-Powered Musical

    Vanderbilt professor Dorothy Marcic has avoided many obvious theatrical and political pitfalls in her survey of women in popular music in 20th-century America.

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    Omnium Gatherum

    This eloquent, funny, provocative riff on 9/11 and its aftermath, by Theresa Rebeck and Alexandra Gersten-Vassilaros, gets a bang-up production by directors Ellen Geer and Rob Walker and the terrific Theatricum ensemble.

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    Second Thoughts

    "Second Thoughts," presented by the city of West Hollywood and Bare Bones Theatre at the Great Hall, Plummer Park, 7377 Santa Monica Blvd., West Hollywood. Fri.-Sat. 7 p.m., Sun. 3 p.m. Oct. 22-Nov. 13. $15-20. (323) 461-5570.

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    Getting Out

    Marcia Norman's schizophrenic play cannily posits that splitting a personality is as simple as splitting an infinitive.

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    Bush Is Bad: Alaska Beauty Queen Edition

    Fair and balanced? Definitely not. Composer and lyricist Joshua Rosenblum puts W. squarely in his sights and unleashes a withering blast of satire in this musical revue.

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    Putting It Together

    As a black-tie party in a Manhattan skyscraper progresses and everyone drinks a little too much, intimate secrets emerge as the characters confront their lives and ambitions.

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    Love & Sex in the Earth's Spin Cycle

    One of the keys to successful dating, explains writer-performer Lambeth Sterling, is to look for "the less fucked."

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    Harm's Way

    It's a grim, eloquent, tautly written play, skillfully directed by Steve Zuckerman on a bleak, all-gray set. Stehlin richly captures the grief and gravitas of a career officer who must face the fact that his personal hell has become enmeshed with the hell of war.

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    The Time Machine

    Until Julian Bane and Phil Abatecola clicked on to their laptops, no one had attempted a stage version of this far-reaching fantasy. This ill-fated version doesn't bid fair to be the one that breaks down any barriers.

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    Alice Sit-By-The Fire

    The show's scenic design beautifully fulfills the humor and period sensitivity of this piece, along with careful costuming, lighting, and sound design.