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    RUMORS

    By definition, farce signifies broad, heavy-handed humor. It's comedy with a capital C. It's also known as one of the more difficult styles of comedy to execute effectively. Too much heavy-handedness—or, conversely, an overly breezy approach—can capsize even the best-constructed farce. Unfortunately it's an overabundance ...

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    HAMLET

    A ragtag troupe clad as street fair entertainers beats a tattoo on drums and tabors while the gaudily unkempt leader delivers a newly minted prologue to Hamlet, reminiscent of those that preface Romeo and Juliet and Henry V. The leader is Robert Smyth, directing as well as appearing in his ...

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    MILEAGE

    Sometimes the opportunity for change appears unexpectedly, regardless of whether we want it to; other times, clear, decisive steps must be taken. Such is the overarching theme of these four short one-acts, each approximately 15 to 20 minutes long and penned by Matthew I. Swaye. Three of the four were ...

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    BLITHE SPIRIT

    If we are indeed on a war footing, as we've been told, then the timing for this production of Noël Coward's farce is beyond perfect. First produced in Manchester during the Blitz in 1941, the playwright/composer/man-about-town's longest-running comedy still retains its "talent to amuse." Director ...

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    THE BATTLE: ABC

    at City Garage

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    99': ORANGE STAR DINNER SHOW

    at the Evidence Room

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    AMERICAN ESE

    Upon hearing that this show is directed by Noah Blake, son of none other than the recently exonerated but notorious former Baretta, Robert, it's hard to prevent a certain bemused quality from creeping into one's observations of the event. Is that two hit men sitting two rows behind ...

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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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    OF CHAILLOT

    at the McCadden Theatre

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    JIMMY CHRIST

    It sounds like a neat outrageous idea: a play about Jesus Christ's "less cool younger brother." The reality is a mistake even one of the older brother's miracles couldn't correct. In a television-oriented mush of bad old jokes played like outtakes from Leave It to Beaver, playwright ...