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    BURN THIS

    Presented by Signature Theatre Company at the Union Square Theatre, 100 E. 17 St., NYC, Sept. 19-Nov. 3.

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    The Private Lives of Pippa Lee

    It's not that this film is dreadful; it's just dull. Pippa (Robin Wright) has been happily married for several decades to a man (Alan Arkin) 30 years her senior.

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    A HOLIDAY CHRISTMAS

    Whether pedestrian or bizarre, art is, despite the protest of those creating it, still a product. And if said product doesn't attract willing consumers, it becomes increasingly difficult for an artistic company to survive long enough to fulfill its mission. Such may be the case with Crazy Eddie's ...

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    SOME EXPLICIT POLAROIDS

    It's no surprise that Rude Guerrilla Theater Company has once again tapped into Mark Ravenhill's dark, edgy repertoire. Having already found success with the British playwright's raw, sexually charged work, this intrepid company knows that beneath the shocking surface of his satire are universal themes that will ...

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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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    BUS STOP

    This play takes a microcosmic look at love in all its variations, and the many ways people adapt to being without it, from youthful innocence to the lechery of old age. Director Bob Hakman and his cast tend to stay in the shallow end of love's often murky waters ...

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    SOLOS IN HARMONY VI

    Not only because he gives communion to the little forest animals do we love Bill Rutkoski. We also love his commitment, his fully physicalized, easy presence, his timing, his universal senses of humor and irony. In "Christ Is the Answer... But What's the Question?" writer/performer Rutkoski describes his ...