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    Three By Mee: Part 2, The Bacchae

    Charles Mee's reinvention of Euripides' cosmic battle of nature and civilization, of gods and man, is enacted with a stinging contemporary edge.

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    Forbidden Broadway: Special Victims Unit

    All bets for sacred-cow Broadway musicals and their stars to escape unscathed are off. Since 1982, writer-director Gerard Alessandrini has been updating his inspired Off-Broadway series, which serves up tough-love spoofs of the genre he adores.

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    Lady K is on the Mic

    What gives this solo performance its engaging quality is author-actor Kim Blackwell's equal-opportunity honesty. For audiences of all ethnicities, her comments make for an enlighteningly enjoyable evening.

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    Defiance

    This is the second play in John Patrick Shanley'sDoubttrilogy. LikeDoubt, which focuses on an intolerant and judgmental nun,Defianceconcentrates on a religious figure: a Lutheran Marine chaplain whose arrogance and lack of doubt make him a moral absolutist.

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    A Magic Christmas

    Presented by Andak Stage Company at NewPlace Theatre Center, 4900 Vineland Ave., North Hollywood. Thu.-Sat. 8 p.m., Sun. 2 & 7 p.m. Dec. 3-Jan. 8, 2006. (818) 506-8462.

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    Portrait of Ten Women

    Garcia is intent upon exploding the hundreds of ill-informed, often life-threatening myths about AIDS, and here her script is at its most devastating.

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    Dames at Sea

    This 1968 Off-Broadway relic has remained a durable confection due to its sweetness of spirit in affectionately serving up a pastiche rather than spoofing, channeling the quaint but charming conventions of 1930s tuners.

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    Xanadu

    Oh, the jukebox trove some people will raid in the interests of creating drama. Not just any jukebox, mind you, but the cornier cannon of the Electric Light Orchestra. "Magic," anyone? "Evil Woman"?

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    The Last Days of Judas Iscariot

    The premise is ingenious, but the indulgent script cries out for stronger focus. Nonetheless, this superbly acted rendition offers considerable rewards, capitalizing on Guirgis' slyly irreverent humor and incisive exploration of heady themes.

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    In the Heart of America

    How many ways are there to say "war is hell"? Naomi Wallace, by taking on the last few conflagrations, comes up with a plethora of suggestions.