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    Desperate Writers

    There is potential hilarity in the trials and tribulations of Hollywood writers who battle with capricious studio executives, but the storytellers should set a consistent comedic style.

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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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    The Women

    I went with the hope of expunging the memory of the recent cinematic remake of Clare Boothe Luce's sharply observed look at life among women of means.

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    St. Alice of Chattahoochee

    It's a rattletrap Alice Johnson has assembled for herself, held together with chewing gum and baling wire for the most part, but, damn, what a driver. Johnson is a lithe, lean gamine with unstoppable energy and mercurial features.

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    Dialectics of the Heart

    The word "dialectic" is defined here as the struggle between opposites, and that couldn't be more the case when 端ber-rigid academic Elizabeth Drewer (Sharon Lawrence) falls hard for her hot-blooded young teaching assistant Richard Amado (Nicholas Gonzalez).

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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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    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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    Gulliver's Travels

    This 'Gulliver's Travels' is firing on all cylinders. Josh Zeller's sharp adaptation, the creative multimedia effects, and the fun costumes; P. Adam Walsh's snappy direction; and a remarkably versatile cast, headed by Keythe Farley, are ideal.