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    RAGGED TIME

    It's not like there aren't kernels of cleverness within playwright Oliver Mayer's mostly insubstantial and surreal historical drama. But they're never nursed into anything consequential, so the play merely sputters into a scattershot and half-cracked pastiche of borderline incomprehensible metaphors and lame conceits. Mayer, best known ...

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    Waiter, Waiter

    Presented by Angel Hair w/Lobster Productions as part of the seventh annual New York International Fringe Festival at the Greenwich House Theater, 27 Barrow St., NYC, Aug. 8-24.

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    THREE SONGS

    Throughout American history, folk music has had an important role in society, touching the cultural, religious, and—particularly in the 20th century—the political dimensions of American life. William Mesnik, in his play about the reunion of a folk group in the early 1960s, explores the turbulent confluence of these ...

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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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    Between Us

    Presented by Manhattan Theatre Club, casting by Nancy Piccione/David Caparelliotis, at City Center Stage I, 131 W. 55 St., NYC, April 20-May 30.

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    THE BATTLE: ABC

    at City Garage

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    99': ORANGE STAR DINNER SHOW

    at the Evidence Room