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    THE MAIDS

    Deciding to launch a theatrical production company with a play by Jean Genet must presage some kind of artistic death wish, second only to casting oneself as Hamlet. Luckily the brave souls who present this mounting of a remarkably difficult classic are well up to the task. Led by director ...

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    Scout's Honor

    Claudia Jaffee, director of West Coast Ensemble's To Kill a Mockingbird, is out on the sidewalk in front of the theatre one recent hot Sunday afternoon, taking a break from auditioning actors. Standing under the theatre's awning, she is deep in conversation with her producer about how best ...

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    THE ROAR OF THE CROWD

    In his heyday, Roscoe Arbuckle was the highest-paid performer of the silent movie era; his salary exceeded that of Charlie Chaplin. But he was referred to as "Fatty," and a false accusation of rape against this gentle, comedic behemoth destroyed his career and, to a sad degree, his acting legacy ...

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    Territory

    Presented by and at the Bottle Factory Theater Company, 195 E. Third St., NYC, May 21-July 13.

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    NOISES OFF

    at the Maverick Theater

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    CLAIRE Z.

    at Sacred Fools Theater

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    CABARET

    at the Simi Valley

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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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    KILLING RUSSELL CROWE

    Russell Crowe is reported by MSNBC to be "furious" with playwright Jeremy Kehoe for his "imputation that I do not pay my way." Whether he is furious or even interested in Kehoe's play is a moot question, but any publicity is good these days, so buzz about this satire ...

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    SPANKED

    Never has the line between performance and therapy been so thoroughly eradicated as in this exploration of spanking as a function both disciplinary and erotic. Aaron Hartzler and Ian MacKinnon, who seem to be a lovely young couple, have decided that there is nothing, but nothing, too intimate when it ...