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    A Picasso

    Presented by Manhattan Theatre Club, casting by Nancy Piccione/David Caparelliotis, at City Center Stage II, 131 W. 55 St., NYC, April 19–May 29.

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    Moonlight

    The genius of Harold Pinter is his ability to take commonplace situations and ordinary people, then warp their world with a hyper-realistic, often illogical theatricality.

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    The Missing Face

    Presented by the National Black Touring Circuit at the Henry Street Settlement Abrons Arts Center, 466 Grand St., NYC, April 25-May 27.

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    KURT WEILL SONGPLAY

    Talents of Kurt Weill, Bertolt Brecht, adapter Jonathan Eaton, and director Rob Walker converge, coalesce, and combine to create a song story of strangers brought together somewhere between Mandalay and yesterday in a shadowy, seedy gin mill with a rich patina of chiaroscuro and memory. They find it deserted but ...

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    Dance of Death

    Presented by the Shubert Organization, Roger Berlind, USA Ostar Theatricals, and Chase Mishkin at the Broadhurst Theatre, 235 W. 44 St., NYC, Oct. 11-Jan. 13.

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    THE WAVERLY GALLERY

    Kenneth Lonergan is resigned. Life is cruel, people are petty, change is virtually impossible. Despite this pessimistic view, his plays reveal a clear affinity for the bonds of friendship and family, a belief that doing the right thing is the right thing to do even if it ultimately doesn't ...

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    J. Edgar

    Ambitious, controversial, speculative, engaging, and sometimes frustrating, Clint Eastwood's "J. Edgar" is a worthy, if at times uneven, attempt to encapsulate the life of the man who ruled the FBI for nearly 50 years.

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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 ...