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    RED HOT & COLE

    This peculiar concoction is either an overlong revue, a half-baked book musical, or a superficial composer salute. Any way you slice it, it's a tiresome three-hour sit. Despite the lumbering text by James Bianchi, Muriel McAuley, and Randy Strawderman, which cries out for ruthless trimming, there are strong points ...

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    Cas Public: If You Go Down to the Woods Today

    Presented by The New 42nd Street at the New Victory Theater, 209 W. 42 St., NYC, Feb. 27-March 7.

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    The Merchant of Venice

    Presented by and at the Pearl Theatre Company, 80 St. Mark's Place, NYC, Nov. 2-Dec. 7 in repertory. Casting by Meghan Beals.

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    The Secret Order

    Presented by The Alfred P. Sloan Foundation and The Ensemble Studio Theatre at E.S.T., 549 W. 52 St., NYC, April 4-28.

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    PHAEDRA

    Updates and adaptations of classics can be tricky. How much should one leave of the original, and how much should be reworked to merit the effort? How much should one update the language to match the story's modern setting, and how much should be retained to maintain the integrity ...

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    Faint

    Presented by Matthew Baron as part of the seventh annual New York International Fringe Festival at the La Tea Theater, 107 Suffolk St., NYC, Aug. 9-23.

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    Lost

    Presented by Inverse Theater as part of the seventh annual New York International Fringe Festival at the Linhart Theatre, 440 Lafayette St., NYC, Aug. 8-24, transferring to the Connelly Theatre, 220 E. Fourth St., NYC, Sept. 4-14.

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    Don Juan

    Presented by Theatre for a New Audience, casting by Deborah Brown, at the Lucille Lortel Theatre, 121 Christopher St., NYC, March 23-April 13.

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    Sin

    This play based on Isaac Bashevis Singer's "The Unseen" is a spooky adult fable, yet despite strong performances and vivid design, it drags as much as it provokes.